We all know flossing is probably one of the hardest things to stay on top of when it comes to dental health. Most dentists recommend that you floss once a day and that may seem impossible to most, but as dentists say flossing is a great way to protect your teeth and gums from cavities and gum diseases. Here are a few of our favorite flossing tips to make it easy and fun for the whole family.
- Find What Works For You
Some people like to use regular floss and others like to use pre-threaded flossers. Whatever the case is find something you like and is easy to use. There are all sorts of flavors you can choose from also when picking the right type of floss. You can also choose between waxed and unwaxed which both have their strengths but you will need to decide what works best for your situation.
- Keep It With You
This is the easiest of all the steps. We always need floss the most when we don’t have it with us. Whether it be after lunch or someone brings in an afternoon snack to the office you always have something stuck in your teeth at some point in the day. By keeping some floss in your car, office, purse or bag you can make sure to catch that piece of food or popcorn kernel from building up between your teeth. If people carried it with them they would be more likely to use it everyday since this is a typical situation.
- Create Reminders
This can be as simple as creating an alarm on your phone to remind you or making a fun chart for the family to compete against each other to see who has the best teeth. Whatever you choose to do make sure it is something that works for you. Setting an alarm on your phone is easy, but if every time it goes off and you ignore it then there is no use of having it in the first place. Having that gentle reminder to floss your teeth daily could make a huge difference in your dental health.
- Use The Right Technique
If not done properly flossing can cause damage to our gums and teeth. When flossing here are a few things to keep in mind. Use your middle finger with your thumb or index finger to guide the floss in between the teeth. Try to form a C-shape to the left and right, back and forward to all sides, cleaning the tooth walls thoroughly. Floss below the gum line to clean out all of the bacteria, but be careful to not cut your gums with the sharp floss.
- Floss or Brush First?
Really it doesn’t matter which one you do first as long as you do a thorough job. It might be helpful to floss first and then brush because your toothpaste may do a better job of cleaning in between your teeth without the plaque and build up in the way.
Flossing is just another way to keep that smile of yours healthy. It is a simple investment that can pay out huge dividends over time. Flossing shouldn’t just happen at your 6-month cleaning, but should happen on a regular basis. As always make it fun for the family and figure out what works best for you. Blackfoot Family Dentistry is always here to answer any questions you may have about flossing or different products you may use. Feel free to call our friendly staff or even ask Dr. Baldwin at your next check up. We look forward to seeing you soon!