Brushing your teeth only will not result in a healthy mouth. In order to get the most out of your oral home care you should also floss, however, flossing should be done gently to avoid damaging the tissue in your gums or irritating the area.
If you see blood when you floss, you're probably applying too much pressure. It's easy to get carried away when attempting to get at all those food particles stuck between the teeth and around the gum line, but you must use a good technique to get all the benefits from flossing without harming your gums.
When done correctly, flossing can reach areas that are missed when you brush your teeth.
It's impossible to use a toothbrush alone to get to all the areas where food may be stuck. To floss correctly, you must not only go between your teeth, but under the gum line, gently.
The American Dental Association and your dental professional recommend that you floss at least once a day, but some people prefer to do so more after meals. If you have braces, flossing more than once daily can help keep your teeth healthy.
What Kind of Floss Should I Use?
There are several kinds of floss available in drugstores and supermarkets. The kind you choose is the one that feels more comfortable to you or the one your hygienist suggest. For patients who have gum disease or gingivitis, the waxed floss may be the best option.
How Do I Floss My Teeth?
The correct way to floss your teeth is by taking about 18-inches of floss, holding it tightly between your thumbs and index fingers and sliding it up and down, between teeth. Use clean sections of floss as you move through the mouth.
We are more than happy to demonstrate how to floss properly and do it gently.
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