5 Tips For Flossing

5 Tips For Flossing

When you visit your dentist or hygienist, one of the questions you are sure to be asked is “Have you been flossing regularly?” Hand on heart, many of us must admit that we do not floss as often as we should. Flossing is the only way to remove the bacteria and food particles that get trapped between our teeth and form plaque, but some patients find it a difficult procedure to master. However, it is well worth persevering if you want your teeth and gums to stay healthy. Follow these tips for an easier, more effective flossing experience:

Choose the right floss
You can choose between waxed and unwaxed, wide tape or a fine floss, mint flavoured or plain. For those with braces or bridgework that are difficult to clean around, you can buy special orthodontic floss with stiffened ends.

Use enough tape
Take an 18″ length of tape. It may look more than you need, but having enough to wrap around your fingers will make the job much easier. Wind most of the tape around the middle fingers of both hands, leaving a length of 2-3″ stretched between, ready to use. Pinch the ends of this length between thumbs and index fingers and work it into the spaces between your teeth. Gently move the floss down to the gum line; do not use a sawing motion as this may damage your gums.

A clean section for each tooth
Gradually move around your mouth, taking a clean section of tape for each tooth. If you use the same section of floss for all your teeth you will just be redistributing bacteria around your mouth.

Focus on the gum line
To avoid gum disease, slip the floss under the gumline, by sweeping around each tooth in a C-shaped pattern. If your gums bleed when you do this, it is a sign of infection. Do not stop flossing: you should do so more often until there is no more bleeding.

Floss daily
You can floss after every meal if you wish, but flossing once a day, preferably at night, is enough to remove all the food particles and bacteria that can build up and cause gum disease.

If you need any further advice about flossing or to book an appointment, call Dr. Kira Gekht at Simply Smiles, Sarasota, Florida at 941-921-4654

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She’s a perfectionist, something I personally appreciate!

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Everything was explained and the time was taken to adjust my bite where it fells natural. I felt relaxed and comfortable.

William B.

Always satisfied with Dr. Gekht and her great staff !!

Jane T.

Dr. Gekht is an amazing dentist. She takes the time to listen to the patient and then adjusts what needs done to accommodate the situation. Amazing team at her office as well.

Kim W.

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