Flossing is the often-forgotten part of a dental hygiene routine. However, it is just as important to your oral health as brushing your teeth! Make your dentist proud and improve your flossing game with these three tips.
Floss gently at an angle
Aggressive flossing can actually damage your gums and cause excessive bleeding. If you haven’t flossed your teeth in a while, it’s normal for your gums to bleed, but too much bleeding could be a sign you are flossing too aggressively.
Dentists also recommend flossing at an angle and hugging the teeth in a “C” shape. This helps make sure the floss reaches below the gum line for a deep clean.
Use clean floss
It’s important to use a clean section of floss between each tooth. This is the most hygienic way to floss, as it will prevent bacteria from transferring between teeth. By using approximately 18 inches of floss, you should have enough floss to use a clean section between each tooth.
As with most things, consistency is key! Dentists recommended that you floss at least once a day. This could be in the morning, night, or whenever you’re able to incorporate it into your daily routine. If you haven’t flossed in a while, start by flossing a couple times a week and work up to flossing daily!
Stay on top of your oral health by booking your next dental appointment! Call Jackson Dental at (573) 243-5200 or stop by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo.