Despite what you might think, there is actually a method to follow when flossing your teeth.
“Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.”
Important Tips To Follow When Flossing
- Hold the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers or use a floss pick for easier access to those hard to reach places.
- Gently slide the floss in up-and-down and back-and-fourth motions between each tooth.
- Be sure to curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gumline.
- Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue.
Regular brushing and flossing can help prevent bad breath, tooth stains, tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and infections. Flossing can also help save you money by reducing the need for costly procedures.
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So remember to floss at least once a day to improve your overall dental health. If you find that you’re having difficulty flossing, ask your North Burnaby Dental Group dentist about interdental cleaning devices and other options.