Surely you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy, so you can continue to show off a beautiful smile for years to come. But great oral health is also essential for your whole body, not only because your mouth helps you fuel up with many needed nutrients, but because your gum health is also linked to your heart and the rest of your body. So while you’re probably already brushing daily to keep your teeth healthy, if you’re not yet caring for your gums, you should be. Flossing is an important part of maintaining gum health. If you don’t know how or why it is important, you preventive dentist can give you great tips on effectively flossing as an important part of a dental hygiene routine!
How to Floss Correctly?
- When it comes time to floss, you should begin with approximately 18 inches of floss. You’ll wrap most of that around your middle finger, and then take a few inches at a time to pull tautly between your thumb and your index finger. It’s very important to gently pull the floss between the teeth, as opposed to forcing it. Your gum tissue is very sensitive!
- Use a clean portion of the floss as you go between each new tooth, always gently sliding it up to remove it.
- You’ll also need to gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, in order to efficiently help remove any bacteria or food that has settled there.
- Combining daily brushing and flossing is one of the best ways to keep your smile healthy between dental visits, but it is no substitute for seeing the preventive dentist twice a year.
- Regular six-months checkups are essential to preventing problems, and detecting any that have developed early, when minimally invasive treatment can likely correct the issue.