Is There a Correct Way to Floss?

Are you wondering if your flossing techniques are as good as they should be?

Whether you have just started to incorporate flossing into your daily routine or you have been doing it for a while now, it’s always a good idea to take some time to reevaluate how you are flossing. After all, it could mean the difference between a healthy smile and cavities. Our Owings Mills, MD, dentists Dr. Herbert Mendelson and Dr. Harold Mendelson offer up some tips for how to floss most effectively for the cleanest smile.

What is the proper way to floss according to your Owings Mills dentists?

In order to get the most out of your flossing routine, you need to first know how to properly floss your teeth. Remember that when it comes to using floss you don’t want to be stingy. You’ll want to grab at least 18 to 24 inches of floss. Wrap the floss around your pointer or middle fingers and hold the floss tightly between your fingers. Then use your free fingers to hold and move the floss in between teeth.

Remember to be gentle when it comes to flossing. Gums are sensitive and you could cut open or damage your gums if you aren’t careful. Never force floss into or out of spaces between teeth, as this could also damage your teeth.

Firmly but carefully move the floss back and forth between the two teeth to dislodge all food and plaque. You’ll even want to go all the way to the gumline to floss along the gums and teeth. Make sure that you use a clean section of floss for every tooth you clean.

Does the type of floss matter?

Going to your local drugstore to pick up floss can be daunting. There are so many different kinds to choose from. There are different materials, different styles, waxed or unwaxed, and even flavored floss. The kind you choose is really up to you. Those with regular braces will want to look for threader floss, which is easy to thread between and around wires to clean in between teeth.

Do you have questions about flossing? Do you need to schedule your six-month routine visit? Then why not turn to the experts at Mendelson Family Dentistry in Owing Mills, MD, for the proper dental care you deserve? Book an appointment with us today.


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