Monday, February 6, 2012

Flossing Techniques for the Best Oral Health

Making the effort to brush twice everyday is a great start.  However, without flossing, your oral health will suffer.  Use these techniques to make your dental routine complete!

  •  Wrap the floss around your middle fingers and use your pointer fingers to guide the floss where it needs to go.   
  • Keep the floss pulled tight, no slack between your hands. 
  • GENTLY use a sawing motion to get the floss between the teeth.  BE CAREFUL not to snap the floss down this can damage your gums.
  • Curve the floss in a C-shape around the tooth and then gently scrape the side of the tooth.  Don't forget to slide the floss all the way down under the gums.
  • Make sure to floss both sides of each tooth, and the back side of the last tooth.
Here are some extra tips for successful flossing.
  • Establish a regular pattern for flossing so that you don't miss any teeth.
  • If you have not been flossing regularly, your gums will probably bleed.  Use a salt water rinse (8oz warm water and 1/2 teaspoon salt) after flossing to calm the gums.  
  • If you are still having trouble, talk to your dental hygienist.  They can address your concerns and work with you to establish the best routine for your mouth.