Most people begin flossing around a young age. However, children often tend to leave out details and simply rake the floss in between teeth until satisfied. If no dentist or parent was there to correct them, this pattern may have followed them into adulthood. It’s ok if you have been flossing wrong for years because there is always time to correct yourself and begin fresh.
Here is a basic technique that works well:
– Floss at least once a day.
– Break off a piece of thread approximately 18 inches in length.
– Wrap each end of the floss around each middle finger until you only have an inch or two to work with.
– Gently slide the floss up-and-down between your teeth and avoiding pressing too hard when reaching the gumline.
– When you reach the gumline , gently curve the floss into a ‘c’ shape around the tooth, to go beneath the gumline.
– When moving to a new tooth, use the same gentle up-and-down motion to move away from your finished tooth.
– Each time you move to a new tooth, use a new section of the floss by adjusting the line using your middle finger.
– Remember to get between every tooth, as well as the backside of your last teeth.
Be sure to ask your dentist for recommendations on acceptable floss products, and don’t forget to brush twice daily.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lara Perry at Bella Vista Dental, you can call us at 830-386-3988, or stop by our office in Seguin, Texas.