We are all reminded time and time again at a very young age how important it is to brush our teeth, but we tend to forget that flossing is just as important. As your teeth sit so closely together, it is simply impossible for brushing alone to reach those tight spaces in between your teeth. Because these tight spaces can harbor bacteria and food particles that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, it is important to clean these areas too.
Follow these guidelines to improve your flossing habits:
— Make sure to floss in between every tooth and behind the back teeth.
— Always use dental floss or a dental device that is ADA-approved or approved by your dentist at David J. Harsant, DDS, PA. Using an ADA-approved product ensures that it will do the job it promises to do because it has passed strict regulations to earn the Seal.
— To floss successfully, move your floss gently between each tooth in an up-and-down motion without pressing too hard on the gum line. Avoid irritating sensitive gum tissue.
— Try to include flossing in your daily oral health care routines by flossing at least once per day.
— The amount of thread you need per use is about 18 inches in length. Wrap each end around a finger and move up and down the floss as required, always using a different portion of the floss for each tooth.
If you are having a difficult time finding or using the right floss and flossing tactics, or for a thorough cleaning to ensure your teeth are well protected from gum disease or tooth decay, schedule a visit with Dr. David J. Harsant in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Please call us at 910.864.4646 to speak with a friendly member of our team. We look forward to making your smile as wonderful as it can be!