When you come in for your bi-annual checkups, Drs. Julie and Joseph Boulos DDS can tell if you haven’t been flossing daily. There are many reasons why people don’t floss, but the biggest issue is that most never learned to floss properly. That’s why our staff here at All Coast Dental are going to outline proper flossing technique, along with a few tips.
The biggest mistake you can make it not flossing daily. Flossing is just as important as brushing. Only through flossing can you clean and reach certain areas of your mouth. Just integrating flossing once a day can make a world of a difference in your dental health.
It’s not difficult to correct your flossing behavior. The first step is making sure you have enough floss. Take out about 18 inches of floss from the package. Tie one end around each of your middle fingers. With one finger, twirl the floss towards it to cycle out the dirty floss. The other finger will cycle in the clean floss. Next, hold the floss firm and guide it between your teeth. Try not to snap the floss in. This will just hurt you. Wrap the floss around one of the two teeth in a “C” shape. Move the floss up and down in a rubbing motion. Repeat for all of your teeth.
If you have problems reaching tighter areas of your mouth, there are various solutions. The majority of grocery stores and supermarkets sell handheld flossing applicators. These small devices can be used to reach the tight or back areas of your mouth. For tight gaps between teeth, floss comes in a variety of thicknesses. Buying a thinner floss or a floss made of a different material can help.
All Coast Dental is located in Pacific Beach, CA. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Julie Boulos DDS and Joseph Boulos DDS, visit our website or call 858-270-4904.