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Teeth Cleaning: Are You Using The Correct Flossing Tips?

A large number of people neglect to floss although they know they shouldn't do this. In any good dental hygiene routine, flossing is an essential element. It is not possible to clear away all food debris and bacteria build-up by just brushing. You can help ward off tooth decay and loss of teeth with correct flossing. But what technique should you use for flossing? Here are some of the fundamental rules for correct flossing.  

The 5 Basic Rules for Correct Flossing

  1. Make sure you floss every day. A lot of people like to floss before they go to bed, but in truth this can be done at any time during the day. However, you really shouldn't limit flossing to just once per day. The primary aim is to clear away all the food particles and plaque from around and between the teeth. 
  2. Those with natural teeth and/or dental implants should be vigilant about flossing. Everyone, including adults, children and older people, should floss, particularly if you are keen to maintain your teeth and implants in good shape. Many neglect to floss, particularly in the case of children who may not have a full set of teeth. But the earlier this good practice is put in place the better. With the proper technique and routine, flossing will bring you good dental health for life. 
  3. Make sure you use the correct technique. All too often, most people don't really know if they are flossing correctly. They just do it for the sake of doing it. However, the correct way is to include every aspect of the teeth, moving upwards and downwards, around the teeth, and in between them. The idea is to clean areas of the mouth that you cannot usually reach with a brush.  
  4. Watch out for gum bleeding. The gums can sometimes bleed when you are flossing. This can happen if you are using the wrong technique or, more likely, it may be an early sign of periodontal disease. In some cases, gingivitis may be causing gum inflammation and bleeding, a condition that can be reversed. The gums can also bleed as a result of illness or medication. You should consult your dentist for a full examination and to have your teeth cleaned if the gums continue to bleed after two weeks of correct brushing and flossing. A dental team will soon restore your oral cavity to good health.
  5. Make sure the tools you are using are the right ones. There are variations in dental floss and other oral hygiene products. Out of all this, you need to work out what products suit you best. Standard floss may work well for some while others may find a floss holder better. Just assess different options until you figure out which one does the task correctly for you.   


In terms of dental hygiene, flossing is essential. Bad oral hygiene habits will lead to tooth decay or periodontal disease over time. Use your oral hygiene time efficiently by making sure your techniques are correct. You will be delighted how much your dental health improves. Talk to your dentist, such as someone from Carolina Forest Family Dentistry, for more flossing tips.