Flossing is an essential part of your oral hygiene routine. It can help prevent tooth decay on the hard-to-reach surfaces between teeth, and it can reduce your risk of gum disease. Flossing every day will improve the health of your teeth and ensure that your regular dental check-ups are quick and easy.

How to Ensure You’re Flossing Properly

Flossing is a lot easier and more effective when you do it right. Follow these instructions to make sure your flossing is as effective as it should be.

  • Use about 18 inches of floss. This allows you to wrap it around your fingers and have an adequate length for maneuvering around your teeth. It’s also enough that if the floss starts to shred, you can move to another part of the floss and continue flossing.
  • Wind most of the floss around the middle finger of each hand, leaving a couple inches to work with. Use your index fingers to guide the floss.
  • Work the floss gently between teeth. Don’t force it too hard, or this will cause it to snap down on your gums, which can cause it to cut.
  • Curve the floss around each tooth, and work your way down below the gumline.
  • Either use a clean section of floss between teeth or wipe the floss off before moving to the next tooth.
  • Floss between all your teeth and floss along the back of your rearmost tooth.

Although it’s not necessary, flossing before you brush can help toothpaste penetrate the spaces between your teeth, which may provide additional benefits of remineralization and bacteria control.

What Floss Should I Buy?

All types of floss are effective. Unless you have specific issues, you should buy whatever type of floss works best for you. If we see specific problems during your appointment, we may recommend that you change floss types.

If you have trouble handling the floss, try using a flosser: a device that holds a small length of floss and can make it easier to reach your back teeth.

If you want to learn more about the right way to floss or perform your oral health routine, please contact Dr. James B. Polley in Las Vegas.