It is important for you to floss your teeth every day. You should get in the habit of either flossing in the morning when you wake up or flossing in the evening before you go to bed. Try to floss your teeth after you finish brushing. That way, any large food debris has already been removed from your teeth. When you open up that canister of floss, how can you make sure you get the most out of it? At Apple Dental, we are always available to help you, so learn more about how to floss your teeth properly.
Use a Long Enough String of Floss
One of the most common mistakes people make when flossing is not using a long enough string. If the string is too short, you will have a hard time getting in between your teeth at the back of your mouth. In general, you should use a string of loss that is approximately 18 inches long. This will give you plenty of slack to reach to the back of your mouth properly.
Get Your Fingers Wet
If you feel like the floss keeps slipping out of your fingers, make sure you get your fingers wet before you get started. When your fingers are wet, your floss will stick to your fingers, making it easier for you to control the string as you get in between your teeth. You do not need to get your fingers soaking wet, but you should splash them before you get started.
Wrap Around the Third Finger
For better control, try to wrap your dental floss around the third finger. If you wrap your dental floss around the third finger, you can use your index finger to push the floss up and down between your teeth. You have much more dexterity with your index finger than you do with your thumb or third finger, so make sure your index finger is free to maneuver the floss.
Slide Between Each Pair of Teeth Twice
Finally, make sure you slide the dental floss up and down each pair of teeth twice. The first time, you should stick close to the tooth on one side. Then, the next time you slide the dental floss down, stick close to the tooth on the other side. That way, you can make sure you do not leave anything behind. If you have questions about what this means, our team would be happy to assist you the next time you come for an appointment.
Contact Apple Dental To Make an Appointment
If you follow these tips, you should get the most out of your flossing. At Apple Dental, our top priority is to help you take care of your teeth. You should come to our office at least twice per year for regular cleanings, but we also want to give you the information you need to take care of your teeth in-between visits. Give us a call today to make an appointment. We are always available to help you.