Are you flossing the right way? It’s hard to answer this question with confidence if you can’t quite recall ever having been instructed by a dental professional or if you have recently experienced any decay or hygiene-related oral health issues. However, it’s easy to find out how you’re doing and to commit some guidelines to memory by speaking with us. Though a one-on-one demo is extremely helpful, we suggest getting started by considering our very simple suggestions for success.
If you don’t use enough floss, you’re not going to promote your best oral health. Instead if you use one little segment of floss on multiple (or all) teeth, the accumulation between the first two will then be transported throughout your entire smile! Start with around 18 inches of floss and expect to use most of it.
About not reusing one little segment of floss … you don’t want to reuse a strand that you have already flossed with either (even if you have made an attempt at cleaning it off). Just remember: The little space between every two teeth requires fresh dental floss. Easy!
Wrap Then Guide
Wrap the floss around your middle fingers and your thumbs. This may feel counterintuitive but it’s the best approach. You can then rely on your index fingers to do the guiding. As a result, you will experience fewer numb fingertips.
Bend Your Floss
If you’re not cupping the floss around the edge of one tooth and then the next, you’re not doing it right. Plaque is very sticky, so removing it means you need to delicately press the floss against each tooth edge for successful removal as you slide the floss along your tooth.
Floss everything you can floss. This means flossing between your teeth and even behind back teeth to protect your oral health thoroughly.