If you're brushing twice a day, you are taking a positive step to support good oral health. But if flossing isn't a regular part of your hygiene routine, you are only getting half the job done!
When used correctly, a toothbrush removes food debris and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth and along the gum line. But harmful bacteria tend to collect in the spaces between your teeth where a toothbrush can't reach. It's these hard-to-reach spaces that make flossing essential if you want to get your teeth really clean.
Unfortunately, a lot of people skip flossing and end up with decay or gum disease as a result. Flossing isn't complicated, but there are a few steps you need to take to ensure that you're getting the most out of your efforts.
3 Tips for Better Flossing
- Floss both sides between teeth - You don't want to saw the floss up and down. Instead, wrap it in a "C" shape around one side of the tooth, then move the floss to the other side and do the same.
- Change floss between teeth - If you clean between teeth then continue to use the same length of floss, you are just transferring plaque that's already been removed to another area of your mouth. Floss is inexpensive, so be sure to use as much as you need to clean your teeth thoroughly.
- Use the right type of floss - If you have dental work such as a bridge, regular floss won't get between the teeth. Ask your hygienist about floss threaders or other hygiene products that help you remove plaque from hard-to-reach spaces.
Please Call Pruce Dental for More Tips
We want to support your efforts for a clean and healthy smile, so please call us to arrange your next dental exam at our Washington, PA office. We’d be happy to demonstrate proper techniques to ensure that your smile stays fresh and clean.