The Importance of Using Proper Flossing Technique

 In Dental Talk - Chehalis Dental Care Blog

Brushing your teeth two to three times a day will help improve your oral health, but it isn’t enough. In addition to brushing, you must also include flossing. Unfortunately, many people are reluctant to floss on a regular basis as, when done improperly, can be extremely painful.

Chehalis Dental Care wants all its patients to have the healthiest smile and proper flossing is the first step to achieving that type of smile. We have created a brief guide on how to properly floss your teeth. Use this guide daily and you will be on your way to a happier, healthier smile.

Use the Proper Amount of Dental Floss

It might be tempting to use as little dental floss as possible. After all, it will make your supply last longer, but it could be causing you pain while flossing.

The proper amount of floss to use is approximately 18 inches. Some dental experts recommend up to 24 inches. This will provide you enough to wrap the floss around your middle fingers and to properly reach in between your teeth.

Use the Right Amount of Force While Flossing

While flossing, you will need to use a little force to move the floss back and forth, but it shouldn’t be enough to cause damage to the gums. It is recommended that while flossing, you gently glide the floss between the teeth and try to get under the gumline.

Do not force the floss to move between the teeth or move the floss quickly. This will cause damage to the gums, cause intense pain, and even make the gums bleed.

Always Use Clean Sections of the Floss

In an effort to get flossing over and done with, you may forget to use a clean section of floss for every time you clean between your teeth. It is important to use clean dental floss as it prevents other food and bacteria from spreading to other parts of the mouth.

If you want to learn proper flossing technique, schedule an appointment at Chehalis Dental Care. Our friendly dentists and dental hygienists will be willing to show you proper flossing technique, as well as provide tips on how to improve your oral health.

Call us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you.

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