Does our dentist or a member of our team ask if you’re flossing when you come in for a cleaning? This may be because flossing could be as important to your dental health as brushing your teeth daily. Brushing is great to clean plaque from the chewing surfaces of your teeth, but it can’t always get between your teeth, where plaque also likes to grow. Yet, if flossing is so key to your oral hygiene, how do you make sure you’re doing it correctly?
-First, you take a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long and choose a small section, wrapping the ends around your index fingers.
-Keep the floss between your fingers taunt as you gently slide it between your teeth, starting with your back teeth and working your way forward.
-When the floss touches your gums, gently rock your hands in an up and down motion to clean your teeth. Before moving on to a new tooth, make sure you also move on to a new section of dental floss.
-Reusing dental floss is not advised. It becomes ineffective after the first use, and especially after plaque gets on it. Please throw it away when you’ve finished.
Many different kinds of dental flosses exist, and you can choose whichever suits your fancy. Whether you choose floss that is flavored or unflavored, waxed or unwaxed, you should make sure that it is verified to be effective and safe by the ADA.
If you have more questions about how to floss, or would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Bo Macdonald, please call us at 310-954-3925. We happily treat those who live in Los Angeles, California, and the surrounding areas.