Brushing your teeth is of course very important to your continued oral health, but you also need to remember to floss your teeth. Everyday. It is only through a complete oral hygiene routine that you can truly get the clean and healthy smile you want. Flossing your teeth does not need to be difficult. It is a very simple process that some have a hard time getting into the habit of doing–but once you get it, your smile will thank you. Let’s review the “how” of flossing teeth.
First, take a long piece of single-filament floss, about 18” long. Choose one that has been designed specifically for cleaning teeth, do not use generic string. Wrap the floss around your index fingers. Then, carefully slip the floss between two of your front teeth. Use a gliding, back-and-forth motion to push the floss gently toward the gumline. Slide it against your teeth and continue sawing back and forth to carefully remove plaque and other debris from your mouth.
If you are just beginning to floss regularly, it is normal for it to be a little uncomfortable. Don’t get discouraged–the discomfort should go away within about 2 weeks. If it doesn’t, talk with Dr. Kevin Bowcutt.
If conventional flossing is frustrating for you or any reason, talk with our team about alternatives to flossing. These could include water flossing, pre-strung flossers, floss for sensitive teeth, and ADA-approved dental picks. These could alleviate some of your concerns.
For more information on flossing or other interdental cleaning options, call Bowcutt Dental in Cedar Park, Texas at 512-792-2707. Our team will be happy to help you keep your smile bright!