Flossing is an important dental hygiene technique that everyone should practice in their everyday routine. We realize flossing can be time-consuming and even difficult, which is why we’re explaining the best flossing techniques to make flossing quick and easy. Dr. Matt Laurich & Dr. Dennis Laurich explain how to floss effectively and efficiently for healthy teeth and gums!
Steps to Flossing Your Teeth Properly
- Choosing Dental Floss. You can find dental floss in various flavors, as well as waxed or unwaxed. If the floss you use seems to get stuck between your teeth, switch to waxed to make it easier.
- Flossing “Helpers.” Beginner flossers who have trouble coordinating the floss and the movements of their hands can use a floss holder to help them get in and around teeth.
- Preparing the Floss. Cut an 18-inch piece of floss to use for flossing a few teeth. This allows you to make progress before you must stop and cut another piece of floss.
- How to Hold Your Floss. Wind the ends around your middle fingers. Hold the floss taut, pinching each side with your thumbs and index fingers. Leave a couple of inches free in the middle.
- The Actual Flossing. Use your index fingers to guide the floss toward your gum line. Bring it down between the teeth with a zigzag motion. Hold the floss in a C-shape around the tooth, and move it up and down along the side.
- Where to Floss. Use a clean portion of the floss to clean around and in between each tooth. Don’t forget about the molars in the back of your mouth, too!
Flossing: A Vital Part of Oral Care
Periodontal disease begins at the gum line, which is why flossing is so vital. When you practice flossing regularly, it helps fight against gum disease by removing the plaque. Laurich Dentistry urges all patients to brush after each meal, floss at least once a day, and visit your local dentist twice a year. Gum disease can affect your general health, but with proper oral health care habits, you can prevent it. Allow our team at Laurich Dentistry to help you maintain the best oral health possible. Contact one of our three offices today!