Are you dreading your next visit to the dentist because you haven’t flossed in ages? People tend to skip flossing because they think brushing does well enough by itself or they find the act of flossing too complicated to perform. Neither of these is true. While your toothbrush does a fine job cleaning the outside of your teeth, flossing is the only way to remove the plaque and bacteria that lies between them. If you are trying to build a habit of flossing or have been doing it awhile, here are some pointers to help make sure you’re flossing right.
Make Sure You Floss Before You Brush
When you floss, you remove plaque and other bacteria from between your teeth, but most of it continues to rest on the outside of your teeth, where they can still eat away at your enamel. Brushing after flossing allows you to brush away those particles, providing you with a more thorough cleaning.
Be Gentle When You Floss
There are people who believe you have to floss vigorously between every tooth, repeatedly going up and down as hard as they can. This can actually do more harm than good, causing even more damage to your gums and teeth. A gentle yet firm motion between each tooth is effective in preventing plaque from building up.
Use A Floss That Works For You
You have many options to choose from- waxed, thick, unwaxed, or comfort floss. You also have picks, pre-threaded flossers, or water flossers. Make sure whatever product you choose has the ADA Seal of Approval. Your dentist can help you choose an option that works best for your smile and lifestyle.
Add Us To Your Oral Health Care Routine
Scheduling regular dentist visits can help keep your smile at its healthiest and most appealing. Contact us at our local Fort Worth, TX office at 817-405-2564.