The American Dental Association recommends flossing your teeth twice a day, immediately after brushing. Despite some marketing claims about the power of antiseptic mouthwash, flossing remains the most effective method for removing food particles and plaque from between teeth as well as along the gum line.
If you have trouble working the floss between your teeth or the spaces are simply very tight, you might want to try waxed floss. The waxy coating helps the floss slide into tight spaces. Forcing the floss or snapping it between your teeth can injure your gums.
Keep in mind that an effective flossing technique includes more than simply running a piece of dental floss, between your teeth. Food particles and plaque also need to be removed from the gum line.
Start by cutting off a section of floss roughly 16 to 18 inches long. Wrap the excess floss around your middle fingers. Use a firm grip when holding a small section of floss between your thumb and index fingers. Work the floss around your teeth in a U shape to clean the space between each tooth and the surrounding gum line. Carefully use the floss to remove any food particles or unseen plaque from the gums. Don’t forget to work the floss behind your back teeth.
Rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash after flossing can help wash away food particles and freshen your breath.
If you have questions about your flossing technique please feel free to call us at 870.932.2300 or ask the hygienist at your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you!