Floss Your Teeth Properly For The Best Results

Dentist Blog

Most people know you are supposed to floss your teeth, but many people still don't do it. If you find you only floss your teeth when you get something caught in them, you want to pay close attention to this article so you have a clearer understanding of why you should be flossing each day, no matter what. You also want to make sure you are using the right type of floss, so you get the best results.

Choosing the right floss

When you floss, you want to use the floss that's bets for your teeth and that gives you the cleanest, freshest results. You can choose between waxed floss and unwaxed floss. You may not think there is a big difference, but in some circumstances, there is. Both types will get in-between your teeth and clean out the area. However, if you have teeth that are very close together, the unwaxed floss will be hard to pull through. In this case, it will be important for you to always use waxed floss so it glides easier.

Floss correctly

You don't want to get in the habit of thinking the only time you need to floss is when you feel you have something stuck in your teeth. Instead, floss at least once a day normally and also when you feel you may have food caught between your teeth. This way, you'll get any gunk out that you didn't know was stuck. Anything that gets left in your teeth for a period of time will cause a buildup of plaque.

If you have a piece of food that the floss won't get out, you can use a special dental pick to remove the piece of food. Then, you want to use floss to get out any extra pieces the pick may have left behind.

The easiest way to floss is to wrap the floss around your index finger on each hand, leaving about an inch of floss in the middle. Put the center of the floss in between your teeth and push it down into place. Work the floss back and forth while pulling upward. This will work any particles and debris out and clean between your teeth.

When you take the time to take proper care of your teeth, you will be doing your part to avoid cavities. You will also have fresher breath and a brighter smile. Talk to a dentist like Cosmetic Dentistry Manitou for more information.


18 March 2015

Baby Tooth as an Adult? You Are Not Alone

It was my secret for a long time, but I am finally sharing it -- I was an adult who still had a baby tooth. My dentist told me it shifted when my adult teeth came in instead of falling out. He also said I should have it pulled before it started causing dental problems, but I decided to keep it for a while. One day, during a dental check-up, my dentist found a cavity on the tooth next to it. He told me it was time to have it extracted, as it was close to the other tooth and making it hard for me to clean it. I had it taken out, and I don't miss it. I created this blog to tell other people with baby teeth as adults that they are not alone. Also, they can cause problems, so have them pulled if your dentist suggests it.