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Tips on Flossing

Young boy and father flossing teeth next to each other in bathroomThe debate on the importance of flossing has been ongoing for decades, and the truth is that we cannot stress enough how important flossing is for your overall oral health. Dr. Thomas Gent and Dr. Audrey Su at Sola Smile Co. strongly advise patients to floss regularly and offer tips on flossing to ensure patients reap maximum benefits of this practice.

Tips on Flossing

Some tips that can help maximize the benefits of your flossing routine include:

Don't Be Stingy with the Floss

Many people make the mistake of not using enough floss, which results in them reusing the same piece several times. This dramatically reduces floss efficiency and prevents them from targeting plaque buildup in the crevices of the teeth and gums. Experts advise using at least 18 inches of floss, wrapping a considerable amount around your middle finger while gently moving it through each tooth.

Be Gentle

Flossing can be a helpful habit when done correctly. However, if done incorrectly, it could do more harm than good. Flossing vigorously is a common error that many individuals make. This can cause one's gums to become seriously inflamed and lead to severe bleeding. Move the floss between each tooth using delicate movements to prevent this.

Floss Regularly

Flossing is not a one-time thing. Instead, it must be repeated frequently to remain effective. Some patients might floss once every few months. However, they must understand that to avoid plaque buildup they must floss regularly, preferably once daily. If you don't floss regularly, you may be unable to effectively remove the plaque buildup from your teeth. This is because, if left untreated, plaque build-up tends to harden into tartar and eventually necessitates invasive dental equipment for extraction.

Take Your Time

Most people rush flossing since it may seem like a tedious task. However, taking your time when flossing is critical to ensure you are targeting all areas of your mouth. At maximum, proper flossing will take around five minutes. Dedicating these five minutes from your day to oral hygiene will allow you to avoid spending hours undergoing invasive procedures to correct the damage from poor oral hygiene.

Benefits of Flossing

Flossing is a beneficial practice that can provide individuals with a variety of advantages, including:
•  Remove harmful bacteria build-up from around the gums and teeth
•  Minimize the risk of developing severe conditions like gum disease and tooth decay
•  Promote fresh breath and prevent the development of bad breath by eliminating the build-up of germs and food particles responsible for bad breath
•  Minimize the risk of severe health conditions like stroke, heart disease, or diabetes
•  Prevent gum inflammation and bleeding caused by poor oral hygiene
•  Allow toothpaste and cleaning solutions to reach all areas between the gums and teeth

Flossing is an integral part of oral hygiene that must be practiced regularly with brushing and dental checkups. You can follow the tips above to ensure you floss correctly and get the most benefits. If you want more tips on flossing, we recommend calling us at 512-615-9405.
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