Although brushing is an important part of cleaning your teeth, there are areas between your pearly whites that your toothbrush bristles simply can’t reach. Left to linger in these hidden areas, bacteria can flourish. This leads to the formation of plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease.That’s why daily flossing is imperative. It does more than just remove food debris stuck between your teeth. It also removes the plaque that brushing left behind.
If you really want to do what’s best for your smile, it’s time to put an end to excuses. Floss your teeth every day, not just before you visit Dr. Lee.
How to Floss Correctly
If you’re going to take the time to floss, it makes sense to do it the right way. Here are some simple yet important steps to follow according to the American Dental Association:
1. Use about 18 inches of floss wound around your middle finger, with the rest wound around the opposite middle finger.
2. Pinch the floss tightly between thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between your teeth, using a gentle shoeshine motion.
3. When the floss reaches the gum line, curve the floss into a “C” shape against the side of the tooth.
4. Rub the floss gently up and down, keeping it pressed against the tooth. We, ideally, recommend going up and down 5 times on each tooth. Don’t jerk or snap the floss.
5. Floss all your teeth, using extra pieces of floss if necessary. Don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth!
By far the most gum disease and tooth decay occur in these back regions of the mouth.If you need some help remembering these steps, simply click here for a downloadable diagram version of the ADA flossing guidelines.
Ready. Set. Floss!
It does take time to floss correctly, but those 3‐5 minutes per day are well worth the effort. Along with diligent brushing and faithful flossing, make regular visits to your dental professionals a part of your oral health routine. Make your appointment with Federal Way dentist, Dr. Lee today to show off your fabulous flossing habits!