Do you find that as much as you feel committed to taking good care of your oral health, asking yourself about your approach and daily habits results in a bit of squirming? If so, this might occur because you’re actually not 100 percent convinced you’re doing everything right. Fortunately, this is more common than you might think! Even more good news? We would be happy to show you how to floss, provide you with a detailed explanation, and listen to your questions. For the immediate moment, find out if you’re on the right path with some helpful suggestions.
Do It Daily
First things first, you should be flossing your smile every day for good oral health. You don’t need to do it more than once but skipping it could lead to dire consequences (like gum disease or decay). Don’t mix this up with brushing, which should occur twice. In addition, remember that you can floss your smile before you begin brushing your teeth or once you have completed your brushing – it’s entirely up to you. In summary: Brush twice, floss once. Easy.
Use Gentle Pressure
The gentleness factor comes into play with dental hygiene. You don’t want to press with much force when you brush and you also want to avoid forceful flossing. When you are indelicate with your oral tissues, you can aggravate and irritate them.
Bend That Floss
Your oral health is only going to be as healthy as possible if you remove the bulk of the plaque on your smile every day. This means thorough brushing and a correct flossing technique. To satisfactorily remove plaque, bend the floss to either side as you pull it along the side of each tooth – this will ensure you’re really removing sticky plaque (instead of solely removing food particles from between teeth).