The best defense against cavities is still a healthy diet and maintaining good dental hygiene. This is a fun animated video about how cavities form in our mouths! So we can better understand and protect ourselves in the future. It is never to late to start good hygiene practices!
Flossing is the last thing anyone has time for. Dentists tell us we need to floss after every meal but who has time for that? Flossing takes time since we are not practiced at it. What if we are all just doing it poorly? So, I am here to tell you the secret to flossing. First, let me say that it is important for you to floss. This blog is full of reasons that keeping your teeth healthy can be better for you. I will not go into lengthy detail about the benefits. If you want to know more read our previous blogs, but the just is that flossing removes plaque in your mouth that your toothbrush cannot reach. Kids should start flossing when they have the ability too. Anyone who has flossed knows that it does take some amount of manual dexterity to floss correctly. If you have two teeth that are touching then it is a good idea to floss between them.
Some people will debate whether It is better to floss before or after brushing, whether flossing after each meal or just three times a day is best. Many different theories on what time is best or flossing. The best time for flossing is anytime that you will floss. If flossing in the morning, or night works best for you then that is the best time. I recommend this simple step by step process to floss.
- Break off about 18 inches of floss.
- Wind most of it around one of your middle fingers, with a little around the other.
- Hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers of both hands.
- Use a gentle rubbing motion to guide the floss between the teeth.
- Be gentle, and don’t snap it against the gums.
- Curve the floss into a C shape against one tooth and against the gums.
- Gently slide it into the space between gum and tooth.
- Gently rub the side of the tooth with up and down motions, moving the floss up and away from the gums.
- Make sure you get every space where two teeth tough and behind your last molars.
You can check out this video guide made by the ADA on their website here. If you first begin flossing you might experience some discomfort and bleeding of the gums. This is normal unless it persists. If the discomfort continues after a couple of weeks then there is something else wrong that needs to be addressed by your dentist.