Are You Flossing Correctly?

Last week, we took a look at the importance of brushing our teeth properly. Often, poor brushing can lead to a greater risk of tooth decay and gingivitis. The same goes for an even more important means of improving oral health: flossing. If you don’t floss properly, then you could be providing inadequate care for your smile.

Frequently Asked Questions About Flossing

Question: Why do we need to floss each night?

Answer: When you brush your teeth, your toothbrush’s bristles can’t reach the food particles trapped between the teeth. As a result, bacteria can then break down the particles, increasing oral acidity and leading to plaque buildup, which can increase the risk of cavities and gum disease.

Question: Does it matter what kind of tape I use?

Answer: There are a variety of options, some thinner and more like string, others wider and more like tape. What you use isn’t important, just as long as you floss up and down the length of every tooth. You should take an 18inch length, wrap each end around each of your thumbs, holding three to four inches taut with your index fingers.

Question: How does a floss pick work?

Answer: A floss pick is attached to aplastic handle. For some, especially, children, these are easier to use than tape. If you’re a parent, you can use these to help clean your toddler’s teeth, protecting his/her smile while also instilling the importance of routine flossing.

Question: How do water flossers work?

Answer: A small handheld device will use a stream of water to remove food from the teeth and from between them. The American Dental Association recently awarded these devices their seal of approval as an alternative method of cleaning between teeth, so feel free to try one!

Do You Have Any Questions?

If you have any questions about maintaining good oral health from home, then please contact our team today. For more information about our treatments, from Invisalign braces to dental implants, contact our team today. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.