Hopefully, you practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth and flossing twice daily. Some dentists recommend only flossing once a day, but doing so twice daily won’t hurt. Also, have plenty of floss on backup in case you run out of one container. Don’t forget to press gently, and avoid any hard movements. Here are the basics:
– Floss at least once a day.
– Break off a piece of thread approximately 18 inches in length.
– Wrap each end of the floss around each middle finger until you only have an inch or two to work with.
– Gently slide the floss up-and-down between your teeth and avoiding pressing too hard when reaching the gumline.
– When you reach the gumline , gently curve the floss into a ‘c’ shape around the tooth, to go beneath the gumline.
– When moving to a new tooth, use the same gentle up-and-down motion to move away from your finished tooth.
– Each time you move to a new tooth, use a new section of the floss by adjusting the line using your middle finger.
– Remember to get between every tooth, as well as the backside of your last teeth.
Be sure to ask your dentist for recommendations on acceptable floss products, and don’t forget to brush twice daily.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas Anglemire at Granger Family Dentistry PC, you can call us at 574-277-5406, or stop by our office in Granger, Indiana.