how should I be flossing

Many patients skip flossing because it feels like a waste of time. Others are just too busy to find a moment for thorough oral hygiene – and others aren’t really sure how to approach it. It’s time to stop making floss-free excuses! The sooner you start flossing regularly, the sooner you gain heightened protection against cavities and gum disease. Long-term flossing will help strengthen your gum line and prevent against significant health problems.

To start off, we’ll help you figure out how to floss effectively. This will save you time and energy. Read on for some tips on getting the most out of your dental floss – and seeing a future of healthy gums.

Four Steps to Simple Flossing

  1. Floss carefully around each tooth – Read up on proper flossing technique to be sure that you’re getting the most out of each session. Cup the floss around the side of each tooth, being sure to access the areas right at the gumline.
  2. Find the product that works for you – If you don’t like using standard floss (if you feel uncoordinated or struggle to fit floss between tight teeth), there’s a product that will help. Whether you prefer a floss holder, water flosser, or specially thin floss, finding the right tool will make a difference.
  3. Don’t give up if you’re feeling sore – There are two reasons your gums could be sore while flossing. The first (and most common) is simply that it’s been a while since you’ve last flossed. This discomfort will go away within the first 1-2 weeks of consistent flossing. The other reason? You could have gingivitis or periodontal disease, meaning flossing is definitely something you should be adding to your hygiene.
  4. Pick a time to floss each day – If you struggle to remember to floss, set a specific time that you do it each day. This can be in the morning, at night, or during your lunch break – no matter when it is, just be sure to do it.
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