Flossing Correctly? Find Out

dentalflossWhen it comes to taking care of your teeth, there’s usually a right and wrong way to do everything. Fortunately, guidelines are typically quite simple. Once you know what to do, you’re in good shape for the rest of your life. One of the areas of dental hygiene in which patients often face confusion is flossing. You may think you are you doing it correctly – but how certain are you? Flossing is an important part of your preventive care because it assists in your fight against tooth decay and gum disease by removing plaque and food debris. Ready to learn more about best practices with your dental floss? Take the following into consideration:

You Probably Need More Floss

Are you tearing off a tiny segment of floss to clean your entire mouth? If so, you need to make a change. Easy fix: Tear off about a foot and a half of dental floss before you begin. Wrap some of the floss around your middle fingers and then use your thumbs and forefingers to direct it throughout your smile. As you move throughout your mouth, use a fresh portion of floss between every two teeth, so you don’t transfer bacteria from one area to the next.

You May Not Be Doing It Right

Sliding that floss up and down between your teeth? You may be dislodging a bit of food but you’re not really doing enough. Easy fix: Gently cup the floss around one of your teeth after you’ve inserted it gently between a set of two. Slide the floss up along the side of your tooth beginning just beneath your gumline. The goal is to remove plaque and debris. Do the same thing to the neighboring tooth as a part of good preventive care. Repeat throughout your mouth for effective results.


At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, call us at our Santa Clarita Valley office at (661) 251-0480. We also service Newhall, Castaic, Canyon Country, Saugus, and nearby areas.