You’ve heard your dentist’s recommendation before: Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once.
It seems like your dentist says this as often as your favorite drive-thru asks, “Would you like fries and a drink with that?” The fact of the matter is that flossing is crucial for the health of your teeth and gums. So, when you hear your dentist talk about flossing, remember that it’s for your health, so you need to pay attention. Here are 3 steps to help you floss the right way and, in turn, make your dentist very happy.
- Equipment - You’ll want to be sure that you’re using either a nylon or PTFE floss approved by the ADA. Whichever kind you prefer is fine, as long as it won’t be an excuse to skip flossing.
- Length - Once you’ve selected you’re desired style and brand, you’ll want to tear off 18 inches of floss. This may be more than you’re used to, but it is essential for a few reasons. First, it will allow you to grip the floss securely by wrapping it around a finger on each hand a couple of times. Secondly, you’ll be able to reach your teeth in the very back. Finally, you’ll have enough floss for you to slide over and use a clean section of floss for each section of your mouth. This will allow you to get the best results for every single tooth.
- Method - It’s important to floss with a purpose. If you have any questions, then ask your dentist, but you should use a sawing motion that scrapes the sides of your teeth and grazes your gum line.
At Northern Virginia Dental Associates, your dentist can answer any questions you may have about flossing or brushing. If it’s time for you to see your family or cosmetic dentist, then schedule an appointment today at 703-451-8332 or visit our website to learn more.