Including proper flossing in your brushing routine is important to your oral health. Reaching the deep places of your mouth and truly cleaning can be difficult, so our dental office has gathered some tips to make flossing easier. With advancements in flossing techniques, sizes of floss, and floss picks, your routine just got easier.
1- Use The Right Floss For Your Teeth
Yes, you read that right, there are specific floss types that can work better for different people. Some people have small gaps between their teeth, so waxed floss can help you slide the floss in more easily. There are other options including non-waxed floss, disposable toothpicks, floss threaders, and electric or water flossers. Finding a product that works for you will also help you to remember to include it in your routine.
2- Floss With At Least 18 Inches Of Floss
Having enough floss is important to floss properly and will make flossing easier. It will also make flossing easier when you have plenty of floss and clean sections for each new tooth. Wrap the floss around your two middle fingers and use your pointer fingers to move the floss back and forth. Using about two inches between your middle fingers gives you enough to work with and reach the entirety of your space.
3- Picks And Brushes
If you are new to flossing or find it hard to do it the traditional way, you may want to try picks or brushes. These are more flexible and can be easier to hold. They still clean well and help you get close to your gum line, they are also softer on the gums which causes less bleeding and irritation.
4- The Unique Approach Of Water Flossers
These relatively new flossers are popular because they are fast and easy to use. They’re compact and can limit irritation in your mouth that can be increased by flossing. With a small stream of water that fits in between your teeth to remove leftover food particles and bacteria, water picks can help improve your breath and overall oral health.
You can also personalize the pulsation, water stream, and speeds which will make flossing easier. This makes it work for a variety of people with dental issues or teeth alignments.
5- Set A Reminder
Flossing should be done daily when you brush your teeth, but many adults forgo flossing during their routine. If you want to improve your flossing routine you may need to set a reminder so you don’t forget. It is also best to line up the act with another daily routine such as showering, taking pills, or brushing. If you want a healthy mouth, it is best to be consistent with your flossing routine. With a little encouragement, we can create new habits. If you need a digital reminder, you can text FLOSS to 313131 for 10 days of reminders.
Get The Best Teeth With Sunset Dental Care
Our team and Dr. Ryder Waldron are committed to serving our patients of all ages and helping them learn how to make flossing easier. We won’t perform dental work unless it is absolutely necessary and we are upfront about your health. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry services to improve the look and feel of your teeth. Some of the services we offer include dental implants, root canals, teeth cleanings, emergency dental services, extractions, mouth guards, and more! Contact our office to learn more about what we offer and schedule your appointment today.