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You probably already know that neglecting to floss can lead to all kinds of oral health problems—including tooth decay and periodontal disease. But what most people don’t know (or don’t think about) are the correct and incorrect techniques associated with flossing. They’re not complicated, and they’re important to know. We hope this post helps!
If you’re already flossing, good job! Maybe you’ve gone from never flossing to flossing more often, but there are still a few very important things that you might not be doing correctly. Now it’s time to tighten up those flossing skills!
Don’t Do These Thing:
- Don’t skip a day now and then. Floss daily to remove harmful bacteria.
- Don’t “saw back and forth” which could cut into your gums. Gently slide the floss up and down against the tooth’s surface, wrapping it around the tooth to make a C-shape.
- Don’t floss too Snapping the floss into your gums can cut them and damage the tissue.
- Don’t forget to floss under your gum line to remove hard-to-reach plaque.
- Don’t forget to floss the back side of those very, very back teeth (even though they’re not up against another tooth).
Important Flossing Tips:
Start with about 18 inches of floss (or about an arm’s length). This may seem like a lot, but it’s the right amount to get the job done. Wind most around your middle finger and the rest around the same finger on the opposite hand.
Be gentle! Slide the floss between your teeth and below the gums and then use a soft up-and-down rubbing motion.
Use a new section of your floss for each tooth to avoid spreading bacteria from tooth to tooth.
Flossing in front of a mirror can help you be more thorough.
You can floss in the morning or at night, before or after you brush. When you do it is not as important as actually doing it.
Have Questions About Flossing?
Flossing is an important part of your daily oral health routine. However, maximizing the benefit comes from doing it correctly. If you have additional questions about flossing or any other aspect of your oral hygiene, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you! And you can always post questions directly on our Facebook page.
Florence Family Dentistry & Dr. Covington
Our results-oriented Florence dental practice is devoted to restoration and enhancement of our patients’ smiles. Our treatment style is to use both conservative techniques and advanced, state-of-the-art procedures that result in the natural, long lasting beauty of your smile.
An excellent standard in personalized dentistry care assures the quality dental services our patients deserve. We provide comprehensive planning in treatment and use cosmetic and restorative dentistry to attain an optimal level of dental health. Should you have a dental emergency, we will strive to see and take care of you as quickly as possible.
Prevention & Education
Our practice believes that preventative education and care are instrumental to optimum dental health. We put forth every effort to provide patients with health care rather than disease care. We rely upon thorough dental exams — checking the health of teeth and gums, performing scans for oral cancer and taking x-rays if necessary. We know how helpful regular cleanings, sealants and flossing can be toward preventing dental disease. We’re focused on your smile’s beauty as well as your dental health.
Reviewing the patient’s medical history keeps us informed about their overall health, medications they take and any illnesses which could affect dental health.
Control over infection is very important in our dental office. We maintain strict sterilization and cross contamination preventative measures to protect both ourselves and our patients. The standards we practice are processes recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Expertise & Training
We are dental health professionals — you can be confident that we are highly trained, skilled clinicians. We pride ourselves in providing the dental care you need to maintain a healthy smile. We participate in continuing education and learning programs in order to always give you the best possible results. The lectures, conventions and meetings we attend keep us informed on the latest products, new dental techniques and leading edge equipment to utilize so that our modern office may provide you with state of the art dental care.
We also have memberships in several professional dental associations to help us stay current on changes and recommendations for the dentistry profession.
A Feeling of Community
We treat each of our patients as special individuals — it builds a foundation of trust — and it’s vital to the success of our practice. We understand that some of our patients may feel a little uneasy about their visits and we help by providing a relaxing, positive experience for them. Our entire staff is dedicated to providing the very best in personalized service and case-by-case care to make your visits as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
Thank you for the opportunity to take care of your personal dental needs — we look forward to serving you.
Choosing the right toothpaste can be a bit overwhelming when you go to the drugstore and find yourself bombarded with numerous options. With so many varieties available to you, it may be difficult to know which features or combinations of features or ingredients are best for your mouth. Dr. Thomas Cherry and team are here to help!
The majority of all dental patients should use toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel on your teeth; it makes them stronger and more resistant to cavities. Even if you live in an area that adds fluoride to your drinking water, the fluoride protection in toothpaste is necessary.
The American Dental Association has updated guidelines that recommend fluoride be used as soon as the first teeth erupt in children. However, the amount should be minimal and swallowing should be prevented.
If your teeth are sensitive to temperatures, toothpaste with sensitivity protection can work wonders for your discomfort. Ingredients in these pastes or gels work to block the pathways to the nerves that react to hot or cold. Do not give up on this type of toothpaste after only a few days; the full results may take a few weeks.
Plaque, Tartar, and Gingivitis Protection
Everyone has bacteria in his or her mouth, and this bacteria is normal. Unfortunately, some bacteria also causes plaque. If the plaque remains on your teeth, it hardens into tartar or calculus. Tartar is an almost cement-like substance that cannot be removed by brushing alone. When bacteria and tartar are left behind, the deposits will form under the gum line. This leads to gingivitis and gum disease.
Since there is a wide variety of toothpastes and ingredients for preventing tartar and gingivitis, ask Dr. Thomas Cherry and our staff what the best choice is for your teeth. We can help you select the right combination of ingredients.
White teeth are desirable, and manufacturers are heavily marketing whitening toothpastes. Most brands do not contain bleaching ingredients; they use abrasives to polish stains away. Unfortunately, too much abrasive use can be damaging to your teeth. If you’re interested in teeth whitening, our office can recommend a number of safer and much more effective options, including personalized whitening trays made especially for you here in our office.
Feel free to ask Dr. Thomas and our staff at Florence Family Dentistry about the best choice in toothpaste to meet your individual needs. And remember to look for the ADA approval seal on any toothpaste you are considering.