By James L. Pyle, DDS
June 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Are you wondering if your flossing techniques are actually doing the job? Let our Durham family dentist be the judge!flossing

While brushing and flossing are certainly habits you should be doing every day, it’s not just performing these things day in and day out that will keep your teeth and gums healthy. How you floss is just as important for guaranteeing that you are getting your mouth as clean as possible. Our Durham, NC, dentist, Dr. James Pyle, is here to provide a little advice on the ideal way to floss.

If you want to get the cleanest smile possible then you’ll want to perfect your flossing technique. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to do. Here are the steps you need to take to ensure that you are flossing properly:

  • Make sure to you give yourself enough floss to work with. Be generous when it comes to how much you dole out. About 18 to 24 inches is a good amount to work with. Why so much? Well, you’ll want to use a new, clean section of floss for each tooth.
  • You’ll want to use about one to two inches of floss for between each tooth. Make sure to wind the floss around your middle fingers and pull the floss tight before guiding it down into the first nook.
  • Use your pointer finger and thumb to gently and carefully maneuver the floss in between your teeth. Make sure the floss hugs the side of the tooth. Then you’ll want to floss up and down along the tooth. Make sure to go all the way under the gumline, as well. When you have thoroughly cleaned each side, carefully remove the floss. You can remove the floss in the same way that you guided it in.
  • Now, repeat these same steps until all of your teeth are clean!

Perhaps you now understand why flossing is so important for your oral health. While brushing can clean the front and back surfaces of your teeth, you still need something that can get into those tight crevices between teeth to remove plaque, bacteria and food. Only flossing is the way to do it! Plus, it should only take about one minute to floss, and everyone has one additional minute to really make sure their teeth are clean, right?

Do you have questions about flossing? Do you need to schedule your next visit? Then call our Durham, NC, dental office today. We would be happy to book your next appointment or answer any of your questions.