Flossing may seem like just an extra step you can skip while brushing your teeth, but beware, it’s not. Flossing can help reduce your risk of gum disease and prevents tooth decay. Flossing your teeth can make them look brighter by removing plaque and build up you may have missed. Also, be gentle while flossing, no one wants bleeding gums. Getting down to your gum line doesn’t require force.
Every time you visit the dentist they probably ask you, “Do you brush and floss twice a day?” You may shrug them off and claim that your dental routine is the best one out there. While flossing may be tedious, it helps protect against gingivitis. No matter your age, flossing keeps your smile happy and healthy.
‘I Don’t Know How’
Claiming you don’t know how to floss your teeth is the lamest excuse in the book. Now, you don’t want to just slide the floss back and forth between your teeth, but rather gently get into your gum line and make a ‘c’ shape to follow along with your tooth. Get into the gum lines on both sides of your teeth to keep that smile happy!
‘How Much Do I Use?’
Typically you want to use about 18 inches of floss. This leaves enough room for you to wrap the floss around your fingers to give you more control. You always want to use a different section of floss for each tooth. This is so you don’t spread new germs to different areas.
‘I Can’t Reach my Back Teeth’
You sure can reach your back teeth. Although it may take a little more effort, it is possible. Most excess food particles hide in your back teeth so you want to make sure you’re flossing back there. Ask your dentist about a floss holder, it may be an easier solution.
‘I Don’t Have Time’ or ‘I Forget’
Flossing isn’t a super long process that takes hours out of your day, so you definitely have a minute to spare. Flossing can be the difference between healthy gums and gum disease or sensitive gums. If you’re the person to just ‘forget,’ post a sticky note on your mirror. “Don’t forget to floss!”
Mouthwash is NOT an Alternative
Mouthwash kills bacteria and can freshen your breath, but it cannot remove that sticky plaque hiding in between your teeth. You have to floss to remove that sticky stuff.
Floss is the Boss
Flossing isn’t on the top of the fun list but it is crucial in keeping your teeth clean. Make sure you take the extra time in the morning to clean those pearly whites! Flossing will keep that smile looking nice and white!
Consult the Teeth Experts!
If you are experiencing pain while flossing or brushing contact us at Cabrillo Family Dental Care! We know all the teeth secrets!