4 Flossing Tips That Can Protect Your Teeth

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Many people brush a number of times a day, but forget that flossing is also important. A toothbrush cannot reach all the debris that gets caught in between your teeth, which means that plaque and bacteria can hide and create cavities in between your teeth if you aren't careful. To avoid these dental problems, flossing is something you must do every day. Here are four tips you can use to make sure flossing is effective.

Floss After Brushing

You may think that it's a good idea to floss all of the debris out from between your teeth and then brush everything away, but in fact the opposite is a better decision. You should brush your teeth first, and follow that up with your flossing activities. After you floss, be sure to wash out your mouth by rinsing with clean water.

Floss Correctly

One mistake that many people make is to use floss like a saw, slamming it down between the teeth and moving the floss back and forth in a vigorous manner. However, that can be harmful to your teeth. In extreme cases, you could be creating grooves in your teeth by attacking them in such a vigorous, horizontal manner.

Instead, take the floss and gently move it from the space between the top of your teeth down to the base of your teeth, and then gently slide it back up again. The motion should be mostly vertical in nature, with a little motion horizontally to dislodge any debris you discover there.

Floss at Night

The American Dental Association recommends flossing one time every day. The best time to do that is at night. Why? Flossing at night ensures that you clean between your teeth and your mouth has an entire block of time where you aren't introducing new bacteria or debris. If you floss at night, you don't go to sleep with bacteria and debris working against your teeth and gums for all those hours. Of course, if you want to floss more often than once a day, you can do that as well.

Don't Reuse Floss

As you floss your teeth, you may make the mistake of flossing with a bit of floss, moving to the next space in your mouth and reusing that floss. Remember that floss can collect some of the debris and bacteria that you are getting off of your teeth; make sure you advance your floss enough to have clean floss for every space in your mouth.

With the tips in this article, you are going to be sure to floss properly. As a result, your teeth and gums will be healthier. Talk to your dentist about more ways to have great dental health.

For more information, contact Dental-Med Finch & Keele or a similar location.

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