At Pro Health Dental, our Mission Viejo dentist and team understand that preventative care is at its best when patients continue to practice healthy teeth and gum cleaning habits. It is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine that consists of brushing and flossing. Most people brush their teeth, but only a committed few make the effort to floss. While we prefer patients to floss, it is understandable that many may not find the procedure exciting. However, even with these details, it is still an important practice that delivers unique benefits.
Here are the essentials of flossing that are worth knowing:
Purchase the Right Floss
Any patient can purchase floss from a variety of stores. For patients with space between their teeth, a thicker floss should be used. Those that have straight teeth can use thinner versions.
Use the Recommended Amount of Floss
It is important to avoid using the same strand of floss. A fresh strand is better and more effective for cleaning the spaces between each tooth.
When it comes to flossing, accidents are a possibility, especially when it is done aggressively. The gums can be irritated and experience minor bleeding when patients do not do it gently. By using a more gentle approach, the floss will gradually clean the tight spaces without irritating or damaging the gums.
Do Not Overlook the Gums
Flossing is helpful for removing plaque from the spaces between teeth and at the base of the gums. When flossing, gently maneuver the floss between the teeth and gums to remove any persistent food particles. With consistent, but gentle flossing, you can reduce the risk of gum disease.