Are You Flossing Your Teeth Right?

When you take good care of your teeth and gums at an early age, you won’t have to spend much on restorative Palm Beach Gardens dental care.

For years, dentists have wondered why dozens of patients visit the clinic week after week complaining of bleeding gums and toothache when during the interview all of them claimed to diligently practice oral care routine at home.

After thorough questioning, it was found that although these people brush their teeth every day, they failed to floss. Does flossing matter? Definitely!  

Woman flossing her teeth at Palm Beach Gardens Dental Care 

What Is the Right Way to Floss Your Teeth?

Why Should You Floss?

We hate to break it to you but brushing is not to keep cavities and gum disease at bay. You also need to exert some effort to floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing will help remove food and bacteria that have gotten stuck in between your teeth. 

What Are the Steps Involved in Flossing?

Flossing is an essential part of your oral care routine. Sadly, a lot of people don’t know how to do it. When you’re doing it wrong, you’re allowing plaque to accumulate and turn into tartar. Here’s the right way to floss your teeth:

First, take a piece of floss and break it to about eighteen inches. Hold it securely by winding it around the middle fingers of both hands. Leave around two inches of floss to use on your teeth.

Secondly, hold the floss tightly with your index fingers and thumb.

Thirdly, place the floss in between your teeth. Slowly and gently glide it starting from the bottom going up and then down and make sure you move it sideways so that it rubs against the sides of your teeth. Don’t push it hard against your gums as it may cause bleeding.

When the floss is at your gumline, curve it slowly at the base so that it forms a C-shape. This will remove food debris and bacteria in the space between your tooth and gums. 

Repeat the process for each tooth. 

Man flossing at Palm Beach Gardens Dental Care 

Do You Need Palm Beach Gardens Dental Care?

Besides brushing and flossing, you also need to visit your dentist regularly to keep your mouth healthy! 

At Gardens Family Dentistry, we offer a wide array of affordable and personalized dental treatment plans to help you achieve optimum oral health and wellness. Give us a call today and we’ll talk about your concerns.