It’s not just flossing every day that help protect your teeth and gums, it’s how you floss that can make all the difference. Your trusted Teaneck NJ dentist can demonstrate the proper way to floss teeth. Proper flossing means that your gums are strengthened which makes them more resistant to germs and bacteria which may be left behind after flossing.
Plus, flossing cleans away the plaque and debris that is between your teeth which removes them as havens for germs and bacteria to grow. However, if you do not have time to visit your Teaneck dental office, here are a few tips that will help you floss the right way.
Use Enough Floss
You will need to use about 18 inches of floss and wind the ends around each middle finger. As the floss becomes dirty, you can take it up with the fingers so that only the clean portion remains. Too many people use too little floss when flossing their teeth which means that you get less leverage and the teeth are not properly cleaned.
While the floss is wrapped around your middle fingers with about six to eight inches to spare, use your thumbs and forefingers to control the floss so it can be properly positioned. In addition to the tightness, the floss can be properly and easily placed between the teeth for maximum effect. This is the technique recommended by your Teaneck dentist.
Guide and Rub
You want to use a gentle motion for rubbing the floss between your teeth. You do not want to force or snap the floss into your gums as that will only damage them. Instead, rub gently enough so that the gums are not damaged, but hard enough so that the floss will pick up any debris between the teeth. Start rubbing between the teeth at the top of each tooth and work your down to the gum line.
Once you reach the gum line, pull back on the floss until it forms a “C” around one tooth. Once you have created the “C”, gently rub the floss from the gum upward while always maintaining contact with the tooth. The up and down motions of the floss will pull away the debris, clean off the tooth, and help strengthen the gums. Remember to form a “C” against the back tooth as well, not just between the teeth.
After you have flossed, remember to throw the used floss away as it may be covered in bacteria. In addition to flossing, you can also use a mouthwash that contains an antiseptic which will help clear away any remaining germs and bacteria that flossing and brushing did not get. It helps to floss at least once per day and usually twice, after breakfast and after dinner, to ensure that you have properly cleaned your teeth and gums.
Be sure to talk to the dentist Teaneck residents trust when it comes to proper oral care and hygiene. You can learn about other methods to help keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy through proper brushing and flossing.