The American Dental Association explains that an effective daily oral hygiene routine includes brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing each evening. Ideally, you want to floss your teeth after the last time you brush your teeth and after you are done eating for the day.
It’s also important to note that an effective flossing technique is more than just moving a strand of floss up and down between the teeth. Once you’ve worked the dental floss in place, you should bend it into a C shape. Then, carefully pass it along the entire surface of each tooth. Once this is done, you should floss along the gumline to remove any trapped plaque or food particles.
Be sure to floss behind each of your back molars. These areas are often forgotten but they can hold plaque and food particles like any other tooth in your mouth.
If you’ve been struggling to safely work the dental floss between tightly fitting teeth, you might want to try using waxed nylon floss. The waxy coating helps the strand slip into place without risking snapping it into your gums. This could cause significant injury.
If you have questions or concerns about your flossing technique in Tulsa, Oklahoma, you can always call 918-307-0307 to talk to your dentist, Dr. Chadwick Webster, or a member of our Dental Creations staff.