When dentists talk about prevention, they’re talking about habits like brushing and flossing your teeth that minimize your risk of cavities and gum disease. Flossing your teeth conscientiously once a day and brushing twice are easy habits to develop. Once you get the routine down, your entire oral hygiene routine should take less than ten minutes a day.
Feel like your oral hygiene skills are a little rusty? During your next teeth cleaning and exam at our Lynwood dental office, one of our hygienists will be happy to help you “brush up” on your technique.
3 Common Flossing Mistakes
Flossing is easy and effective when you do it properly, but there is a right way, and there is a wrong way to go about it. Here are three of the most common flossing mistakes to watch out for:
1. Cleaning Only One Side of a Tooth
Sawing the floss up and down between won’t get your teeth as clean as they need to be. Gently slide the floss between your teeth until you get to the gum line. Then wrap the floss in a “C” shape around one tooth, floss it, then move to the other side and repeat.
2. Forcing Floss between Teeth
If you have dental work, it can be challenging to slide floss easily between those teeth. But forcing the floss can cause it to snap up against your gums and damage them. Instead, saw back and forth gently until you work the floss up to your gum line. If you have difficulty doing this, invest in floss threaders to get between dental work; they’re inexpensive and help you clean all surfaces of your teeth thoroughly.
3. Reusing the Same Length of Floss
Don’t keep reusing the same length of floss because all you’re doing is carrying bacteria from one tooth to another. Floss is inexpensive, so go ahead and use as much as you need to get the most from your efforts.
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Your twice a year dental exams and teeth cleanings at our Lynwood, CA dental office are essential, and so is brushing and flossing your teeth adequately. Please call PhD Dental to arrange your next oral hygiene appointment.