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Tips on How to Improve Your Flossing Technique

Posted Jun 7th, 2019

Tips on How to Improve Your Flossing Technique

Often people are careless when it comes to flossing. Some people skip it entirely because they believe that brushing is sufficient. If that sounds like you and you want to improve your flossing routine and technique, here are few tips to help.


Brushing your teeth thoroughly is great for cleaning the exposed surfaces of your teeth. However,  flossing is really the only way to remove the plaque and bacteria that builds up between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.

If you're one of those people who have resisted flossing regularly, now's the time to get started! Flossing will help you to keep your breath fresh and improve your overall oral health.

Do you already floss regularly but want to do a better job at it?  These tips will help you too:

Be Gentle

Many people believe that you have to floss vigorously, and with force, but this kind of flossing can actually damage your gums. Use a gentle yet firm motion, moving up and down the sides of each tooth just a couple of times. Done regularly, as part of your daily oral hygiene routine, that gentle motion will do an excellent job at preventing plaque buildup.

Floss Before Brushing

Flossing removes plaque and other bacteria from between your teeth. Sometimes those particles land on the exposed surfaces of your teeth where they could continue to damage your enamel. Brushing after flossing means that you brush away those particles, providing you with a more thorough cleaning. You could even go one step further and try brushing, then flossing, followed by rinsing your mouth with a little mouthwash or water.

Choose The Right Variety Floss for You

You can choose from a wide range of floss styles: comfort floss, waxed, unwaxed, thick, fine, or ribbon. There are also picks, water flossers, or pre-threaded flossers available. Find the product that works best for your unique smile.

You'll want to choose the floss that you find easiest and most comfortable to use. The more positive your flossing experience, the more likely you are to floss daily. Your dentist would be happy to help you to choose the option that works best for you.

If you'd like more advice on improving your flossing technique, ask your dentist at Elgin Corners Dental in Surrey during your next cleaning appointment.

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