Make it a Habit
Floss everyday and don't think of it as a chore. Add flossing to your daily routine and it will just be part of your normal day not something "extra". Some ways to save time are to floss in the shower or before you brush your teeth. It only takes a couple of minutes.
Stop the Bleeding
Bleeding during flossing doesn't happen to healthy gums. Floss every day and in a matter of days or weeks the bleeding should stop. This will encourage you not to quit this habit.
Learn the Technique
Flossing can be awkward if not done correctly. Make sure to learn the correct technique:
- Starting with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with.
- Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth.
- Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gumline. Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue.
- Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
- To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth.
Use the Correct Floss
Floss comes in a variety of types and flavors. Use floss that fits between your teeth. Wax floss is a good choice as it moves between tight spaces better.
Flossing gets 40% of the gunk off your teeth that just brushing alone misses. Your mouth and gums will be overall healthier after flossing daily and you'll feel the difference too. If you have any questions regarding flossing, our friendly hygienists at Sofferdentistry would be happy to help at your next dental check-up.