Written by: on April 6, 2016 @ 7:19 pm

shutterstock_227448628Ah, the great debate – flossing. You may be nodding your head or thinking ‘I haven’t flossed in months!’ And unfortunately, you’re not alone. But even though it may seem like a tedious and mundane task, flossing is absolutely critical to your oral health. Some flossing is always better than none – but ideally, you should be flossing your teeth at least once each day. When you go without flossing, food particles can remain stuck between your teeth – giving them direct access to your gum tissue. Your gums may become irritated or even infected – it’s really not worth the risk.

How To Properly Floss Your Teeth

While you may be flossing every day, there are many people who are actually doing more harm to their gum tissue than good, unfortunately. But, if you know how to properly floss your teeth, you can eliminate these issues completely.

First and foremost – be gentle with your floss. When people damage their gums, it’s typically because their forcing the floss between their teeth and it ends up snapping against the gum line. So, when you’re flossing, make sure to gently guide the floss back and forth until it’s able to fit between your teeth. Then, hold it snug to each tooth on either side to make sure you’re getting all of the bacteria. Lastly, don’t forget to floss between every single tooth – even behind your very back molars! The hard-to-reach places are where bacteria like to grow, since they’re not cleaned properly or as often.

When Should You Floss?

Whether you’re flossing at night or in the morning, it doesn’t matter – as long as you’re brushing at least once per day! Sometimes, people prefer to floss their teeth at night because it gets all of the food particles out of their teeth from the day and leaves them with a clean mouth for the night. It’s up to you, just don’t forget to do it each day!

Catogories: Patient Education, Preventive Dentistry

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