It is essential to floss your teeth at least once each day for optimal dental health.
When you brush your teeth, you are removing plaque from the surface of your teeth. Flossing removes plaque from between your teeth where periodontal (gum) disease and cavities begin. By taking just two minutes out of your day to floss and you will promote a healthier smile.
But how do I floss?
- Use enough floss to hold the ends comfortably in your hands
- Wrap the floss around your index fingers and support it with your thumbs
- Floss at least once a day, ideally after meals or at least before bedtime.
- Slide the floss between tooth contacts with a back and forth motion being sure not to “snap” the floss through as it may injure gum tissue.
- Once the floss is between your teeth, wrap it into a “C” shape around the surface of each tooth and move the floss up and down the tooth surface 4 or 5 times.
- Since plaque is very sticky, it is necessary to perform these steps or plaque will be left behind.
- Floss holders are available for those who have difficulty reaching the back teeth.
Children should begin flossing as early as possible, with parents help.
Contact West Hills Family Dentistry Center today for more tips on improving your dental health, call (503) 291-0000 or click here to email us.