Flossing Tips for Healthier Gums
Flossing your teeth is a vital and important part of a good health routine. However, when it comes to flossing technique, there are a few flossing tips and tricks you can use to create the healthiest smile possible. Food and bacteria can get stuck between teeth and under the gum line, creating a build-up called plaque.
If this plaque is not removed, it becomes hard and calcified turning into something called tartar. Tartar is harmful because it irritates and erodes gum tissue leading to gingivitis, cavities and eventually periodontal disease. Studies have also shown that gum disease and decay can lead to more serious medical problems like heart disease, infection and stroke!
Your oral health is the top priority of Dr. Gurley and our team at North Atlanta Aesthetic Dentistry. We also believe in helping our patients maintain their dental care both in the office and at home, which is why we’ve provided these tips for flossing correctly below. If you’re ready for your next routine cleaning, make sure to schedule your appointment with our office, otherwise read on to learn the best ways to floss your teeth.
Flossing Tips: How to Correctly Floss Your Teeth
Flossing seems pretty straightforward, but there are certain tips and tricks you can use to make sure you’re really getting the most benefit from your daily routine. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day, and we agree. Read the flossing tips below to make sure you’re flossing correctly, but your dentist will be happy to show you as well during your next appointment if you still have questions.
1. Use about 18 inches of floss wrapped about your two middle fingers. Use your pointer finger and thumb to maneuver the floss between your teeth.
2. Make sure avoid snapping or sliding the floss straight down between teeth as this can damage delicate gum tissue. Instead, gently glide the floss back and forth between teeth as you make your way down toward and under the gum line.
3. To come out between teeth, use the same back and forth gliding motion up and away from the gum line and then move to the next tooth.
Some of the main mistakes people make when flossing is that they use aggressive or abrasive techniques which can actually lead to inflammation, irritation and bleeding. If you experience bleeding or pain when flossing, try using a gentler approach. If it persists, we recommend making an appointment to see your dentist as it may be indicating a deeper issue such as infection or tartar build-up.
Professional Cleanings Supplement a Regular Flossing Routine
While regular brushing and flossing are necessary for good dental hygiene, professional cleanings and checkups make sure your teeth stay healthy in places you may not be able to reach at home. We recommend scheduling an exam and cleaning at least every 6 months to keep plaque and tartar to a minimum.
If you’re ready for your next cleaning, or suspect that your teeth and gums could use some TLC, don’t hesitate to call North Atlanta Aesthetic Dental at 770-664-1244 or click here for more information. We look forward to caring for your dental health!