Flossing the Right Way

Flossing is an important component of your dental hygiene routine. When plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, between teeth and along the gum line, tooth decay and gum disease can result. Along with consistent professional dental cleanings and twice daily brushing, flossing reduces and removes plaque build up. According to the American Dental Association (ADA),  interdental cleaners, such as traditional floss or flossers, are an indispensable tool in proper oral hygiene and gum care. Floss removes plaque between teeth where your toothbrush can not reach. 

Can you floss incorrectly?! YES! 

1. Over flossing: Flossing more than once per day can irritate gum tissue and cause sensitivity. Floss once per day after brushing. 

2. Floss too fast: If you are in a hurry, you are not going to do a thorough job. Flossing in a hurry, some people only floss one side of their tooth. Don't think of flossing as cleaning the gap between your teeth, but rather cleaning on each side of each tooth. 

3. Stopping because of bleeding: If you have put off flossing for a long time, you may have some bleeding at first. Bleeding gums indicate gums that are irritated by plaque and bacteria buildup. Stick with it! It will take time for your gums to heal and consistent flossing will help that process.

4. Flossing at the wrong time: When you sleep, saliva production decreases.  Any food left on your teeth has a greater chance to start the bacteria breakdown process or gum inflammation.  Flossing at night after brushing removes the bacteria and food particles that have collected on the teeth during the day.

Flossing correctly is simple:



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