Posted on 9/15/2019 by Henry Cuttler DDS
|Most people know that they need to brush their teeth every day, however many don't take the time to floss. It's usually because they end up with bloody gums or they experience pain when they do it.
One of the common misconceptions is there's only one type of floss. Finding the floss that works for you can be the difference between a painful dental visit and good oral health.
Finding the Right Floss
When it comes to choosing the right floss you may have to try a few to find the one you prefer. There is unwaxed floss, dental tape floss, super floss, yarn floss, and they come in different sizes, some thicker than others. Floss loops are small rubber bands are effective. A popular seller is the pick floss.
It looks like the letter Y turned slightly to the left with a half-inch piece of floss connecting between the fork. The floss picks allow you to floss with one hand and makes it easy to reach your rear molars. With floss that's wrapped around your fingers, it can be tough to reach your back molars. This is not a problem for the floss pick.
How to Floss Correctly
Once you have found the floss that you like pull off 14 to 16 inches and wrap it on one finger on each hand until you have about an inch and half of the floss. Your pointer finger is usually the easiest to maneuver. Gently rub the floss into the crack between your teeth and slide side to side until it reaches the gum line, then gently rub the side of the tooth, moving away from the gum in up and down motions to move the bacteria away from the gum line.
Do this for the remaining teeth, once you're done, don't forget the rear of your back molars. Always follow your flossing with brushing for two mins. It's recommended you floss once per day and brush twice for two minutes.
We have now covered all the basics in educating flossing healthily. If you do this and you experience gums that that bleed and you are gently flossing, don't be alarmed. It just means your gums are not used to flossing.
As long as you're doing it gently, your gums will adjust and the bleeding will subside after 7 to 10 days. Our office is here to help and make recommendations. If you need a checkup or have questions about how to floss or floss products, we would be happy to answer your questions.