Do you floss every day (great job!) but still find that you are not cleaning between your teeth as well as possible? Get the most out of your dental flossing habit by upgrading your techniques, upgrading your floss, and spending a little more time to perfect your flossing habits.
When choosing a dental floss, look for a product that features the ADA Seal of Acceptance by the American Dental Association. This guarantees the product has been fully tested and meets rigorous standards for safety and effectiveness. You can also ask your dentist for product recommendations. There are many options, including flavored floss and floss for sensitive gums.
A single thread for a flossing session should be about 18 inches long. At this length, you can clean between each tooth with a new section of the thread, thus avoiding spreading any debris between teeth. Try to floss for roughly 2 to 3 minutes per session. Make sure you work every area between and around each tooth. This includes behind the back row! Work gently between teeth and use steady motions. Remember: your goal is to remove debris, not grind away at your teeth!
It can be hard to remember to floss. Write yourself a reminder, and make it fun! Maybe listen to one of your favorite songs as you floss. This will help you spend the time you need to make sure your teeth are as clean as possible. Regular visits to your dentist are also helpful, to check in on how well your oral health habits are working.
No matter the needs you have for your teeth, our team at Faith Cousins DDS can help. To schedule a visit to our dentist office in Silver Spring, Maryland, call us at 301-589-2714. Come see us, and let us show you the benefits of clean teeth today!