Tips For Making The Most Of Your Flossing Efforts

Flossing offers targeted protection for the spaces where your teeth meet. Because these areas are hard to clean just by brushing, this activity provides real value for your overall health. When you take the time, and make the effort, to floss effectively each day, you can enjoy valuable protection for your oral health. With that said – are your flossing efforts effective? When people rely on misguided assumptions about what it takes to provide effective oral care, they can be surprised when their dentist identifies cavity trouble during their exam. Your Rochester, MN dentist wants you to enjoy the best smile care possible. While you can rely on valuable professional care at appointments, your daily efforts – including flossing – certainly matter.

You Need To Move The String Vertically When You Floss

Your goal is to fully clean the spaces where your teeth meet. To do this, you need to move your floss string vertically, so that you take care to thoroughly clear out harmful debris like bacteria and food particles. When you only move your floss string back and forth, you are leaving portions of these spaces untouched.

Use Fresh Areas Of Your Floss String As You Clean Your Teeth

Continually cleaning teeth with the same portion of floss string can be less helpful than if you are careful to use fresh areas as you continue to clean. You want to effectively clear away harmful bacteria – using an unclean portion of floss across several teeth gaps can be less helpful at moving you towards this goal.

Remember – Extra Time Spent Brushing Should Not “Replace” Flossing

One important “tip” about flossing is simply this – make sure you do it. It may seem obvious, but patients can decide to skip flossing, or may believe they can brush more frequently, or more aggressively, to take the place of flossing. This means portions of your teeth continue to lack the attention needed to protect you from problems like tooth decay and gum disease.

Calcagno Cosmetic And Family Dentistry Can Help You Keep Your Teeth In Great Shape

At Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, patients can look forward to thorough smile care during each appointment they attend. We are proud to offer families protection against oral health trouble, just as we are ready to provide care when you need a problem addressed. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 281-3659. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and our staff welcome and serve patients from Rochester, MN, as well as Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding communities.