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Flossing: Why and How to Do it

09/17/2020

If you’ve visited the dentist in recent years, you’ve probably heard some emphasis put on the importance of flossing every day. Because there are many places in your mouth that a toothbrush can’t reach, it’s important to keep up a regular flossing regimen. We recommend flossing at least once per day. Failing to floss can increase your chances of tooth decay and gum disease—and nobody wants that!

Best Practices for Flossing

  • Use enough floss. Many people tear off a short piece of dental floss and then wonder why the process is so difficult! We recommend using at least 18 inches of floss. You don’t have to measure every time, but breaking out the ruler at least once can help.
  • Be gentle. Rushing through the process and snapping floss against your gums can do more harm than good. Be sure to gently run the floss through your teeth and then carefully rub the floss up and down the sides of each tooth.
  • Don’t double up. It’s important to focus on one tooth at a time and give each the attention it deserves. As you work through your teeth, unwind fresh dental floss from the length around your fingers. Using fresh floss on each tooth helps you avoid spreading debris from tooth to tooth.
  • Stay consistent. If you’re finding yourself skipping this crucial part of your routine, look for ways to make the process more accessible. Some people, especially those with arthritis, find it easier to use pre-threaded dental flossers, floss picks, or a water flosser. Talk with your dentist to find a good solution for you.

Visit us for Elk Grove Village Family Dentistry

Whether you or your child need help making flossing work for you, we want to help! Our office has been providing Elk Grove Village with family dentistry services since 1984. Contact us today to book your appointment.

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