No one should ever go without taking care of their teeth properly, including brushing twice per day and flossing at least once. However, it is also important that you are doing those tasks properly. If you are brushing or flossing poorly, you aren’t actually doing your mouth any good. It can actually be hurting your mouth to do them wrong.
If you aren’t sure if you are flossing properly, speak with your dentist. They can walk you through the process and even watch you do it a time or two to make sure you are doing it right.
How to Floss Your Teeth the Right Way
Currently, the best way to floss your teeth is considered the scraping method. Instead of sawing your floss back and forth like we all were taught for years, now your dentist wants you to put the floss on one part of your tooth and scrape away any tartar or debris that may be on that tooth.
You then need to do the same thing for the other side of the gap between your teeth. This means you go into each gap between the teeth in your mouth twice – once for the tooth in the front, and once for the tooth in the back.
When you don’t floss, a lot of tartar and plaque can build up between your teeth. This can lead to cavities and full-blown tooth decay. If you aren’t flossing right, you aren’t getting those things out of the gaps between your teeth, leading to the same results. Talk with your dentist about whatever it is you need to do to floss better so it is actually doing your mouth justice. Plus, if you ask them about flossing, they can show you if any part of your technique is not up to par.
Contact our office if you have any questions.