By R. Ian Murray, DMD
May 25, 2016
Category: Dentistry
Tags: flossing  

You know that flossing is an essential part of maintaining good oral health, but have you ever wondered if you're doing it correctly? R. flossingIan Murray, D.M.D., your Stuart, FL dentist, is here to share a few tips that will help you master the proper flossing technique.

Why floss?

Your toothbrush not only removes bits of food of that cling to your teeth, but also gets rid of plaque. This sticky, colorless bacterial film coats your teeth and leads to tooth decay. Since toothbrush bristles can't reach between teeth, flossing offers an excellent way to remove food debris and plaque.

What type of floss should I use?

Floss choice is really a personal preference. You might prefer waxed, mint-flavored floss, while your friend might enjoy the unwaxed, flavor-free type better. String-like floss is a good choice if your teeth are close together. This type of floss is thin enough to easily slide in between teeth to remove debris and plaque without getting stuck between your teeth. If your teeth are more widely spaced, your may prefer to use flat floss. Small pick flossers, available at drug and grocery stores, are a good choice if you have trouble reaching your back teeth.

Flossing in three steps

Step one: Wrap 18 to 24 inches of floss around your middle fingers on each hand and use your thumb and index finger to control the motion of the floss. Move the floss up and down between two teeth.

Step two: Curve the floss into a C-shape when you reach the bottom of your teeth at the gum line and floss this area gently. Gently flossing the spot where your teeth meet our gums can prevent plaque from turning into a hard deposit called tartar. When tartar forms at the gum line, it can cause painful gum disease.

Step three: Lift the floss up and out of the space between the two teeth. Unroll a fresh section of floss and begin flossing the next set of teeth. Continue the process until you've flossed all of your teeth.

Visit your Stuart. FL dentist

Do you have problem with your teeth, or is time for your next dental exam? Call Ian Murray, D.M.D., your Stuart, FL, dentist, and schedule an appointment today. Protect your teeth from tooth decay with daily flossing!

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