When it comes to maintaining a healthy smile, just brushing your teeth isn’t enough. Flossing is essential, too! Still, many people either skip this important step or floss in a way that’s not quite as effective as it could be. With this in mind, we’d like to share a Q&A on how and when to floss for best results. Welcome to Flossing 101!
- How often should I floss? This is a question we get all the time, so we wanted to cover it first in our Flossing 101 guide. Generally speaking, flossing once each day is sufficient. You should also use floss promptly if you notice food stuck in your teeth after eating. Just be sure not to go overboard, as flossing too much can actually damage your gums.
- When should I floss – before or after brushing? According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), you should floss first. This way, you will loosen any plaque and food particles that are on/in between your teeth so that you can then easily brush them away. Your last step should be to rinse with mouthwash in order to get rid of any remaining bacteria.
- What is the right way to floss? In order to make sure your flossing pays off, it’s important to do it correctly. To be specific, you should slide the floss in between your teeth in a “C” shape, making sure to reach the gum line. Further, don’t forget to use a clean section of floss for each tooth. This way, you will avoid spreading bacteria around your mouth.
Hopefully, you’ve learned something new and useful from this quick Flossing 101 course! We’ve got many other helpful resources like Flossing 101. For example, check out our post about painless root canals.
Count on Sunrise Dental for Quality Care
In addition to keeping up with your oral hygiene at home, seeing your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings is also key to prevent dental problems. If you are due for a dental exam, call our Covington, WA dentist at 253-243-6576 to set up an appointment.
Aside from routine checkups, we also specialize in specialty dentistry procedures such as root canals. Whatever your dental needs may be, we are here to meet them. All while making you feel totally comfortable in our office. We look forward to helping you maintain a smile you can feel great about.