Do you floss every day (great job!) but still find that you are not cleaning between your teeth as well as possible? Get the most out of your dental flossing by upgrading your techniques, upgrading your floss, and spending a little more time to perfect your flossing habits. Here are 5 tips to make sure you are doing it right.
The Right Product: When deciding on a dental floss, look for a product that features the ADA Seal of Acceptance by the American Dental Association. You can also request product recommendations from your dentist. There are many options, including flavored floss and floss for sensitive gums.
The Right Length: A single thread for a flossing session should be about 18 inches long. At this length, you can clean between each tooth with a new section of the thread, which avoids spreading any debris between teeth.
The Right Method: Work gently between teeth and use steady motions. Remember: your goal is to remove debris, not grind your teeth away!
The Right Time: Try to floss for about 2 to 3 minutes per session. Make sure you work every area between and around each tooth. This includes behind the back row!
The Right Support: It can be hard to remember to floss. Write yourself a reminder, and make it fun! Maybe listen to one of your favorite songs as you floss. Regular visits to your dentist are also helpful, to check in on how well your oral health habits are working.
No matter the needs you have for your teeth, our team at Oneco Dental Care can help. To schedule a visit to our dentist office in Sarasota, Florida, call us at 941-462-4659. We look forward to seeing you and your radiant smile!