Flossing is an important part of your daily oral hygiene and should not be skipped and studies have proven that it does not matter if you brush first or after flossing the results are the same. Some people, however, have a hard time with flossing correctly. Waterloo dental can help you with instructions in the proper flossing techniques.
Tips for flossing correctly
The dentist in Waterloo suggests that you do not to use more than 18 inches of floss string. It should be 1 to 2 inches between your finger and thumb to slide between the teeth down to the gum line.
When you get to the gum line, put the floss into a c shape, keeping a tight grasp on it, slide it up and down the tooth to the gum line several times. Never use sawing motions and do not snap the floss in and out of your teeth. Once you have done the side of one tooth do the side of the next tooth, pull the floss out, change the 1 to 2 inches to a clean spot then move to the next tooth. Continue this until all teeth have been flossed. The staff at Waterloo dental reminds every patient to floss correctly.
Other options for flossing
- A water flosser
- A pre-threaded flosser although these are harder to get the c shape and you really need to do the job. This is a better option than not flossing at all.
- A pick
The objective for flossing is to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth that can cause not only decay but bacterial infection of the gums and jaw bones. It helps keep your smile sparkling and improves your overall health as well.
Dentist in Waterloo will tell you how important it is for good oral health and overall health that you floss a minimum of once a day.