When it comes to flossing, many of us are like The Office’s Michael Scott, resolving to get it done and experiencing a bit of discomfort. (For those who need a refresher, in reference to his New Year’s resolution, Michael says, “I made a resolution to floss, and I did it. 12:01, January first, BAM! Blood everywhere.”)
And you know what? It is incredibly common for people to bleed while flossing. Is this because they don’t do it often enough? Is it because their gums can’t handle it? Is it because they’re flossing too hard? Is it because they’re not doing it right?
Believe it or not, the last one is often the case. All too often people just go to town with some floss and hope for the best. The truth of the matter is that if you get the technique right then you’ll be doing your entire mouth a huge favor. At Summit Family Dentistry we know the importance of flossing and that’s why in today’s blog we’d like to offer a few tips to help make sure that you’re getting it right. Keep reading to learn more!
Traditional Floss? Floss Pick? Water Pick?
For many people, flossing consists of slipping some floss in between their teeth and moving onto the next space. Repeat until you’ve covered all of your teeth and you’re good to go, right? Unfortunately not. Sure, this probably gets rid of any bits of food that are stuck between your teeth, but in reality one of the biggest goals of flossing is to take care of your gums by gently massaging your gumline.
As you probably know from our last blog post, tooth decay can cause some serious problems for your teeth. Although the rate at which tooth decay affects people differs from person to person, the truth is that many people are going to have to deal with it at some point or another. The good news is that flossing can make a huge difference in combating the things that would do your mouth harm.
So should you use 18 inches of traditional floss or is a floss pick okay? And what about the water picks that shoot jets of water in between your teeth? Do they all do the same thing? Generally speaking, the answer is yes. If you have a preference, stick with it unless advised to do otherwise by your dentist. (On that note, if you have a question about your preferred flossing technique, don’t hesitate to ask at your next appointment because we’d be glad to offer a few pointers!)
How to Floss Correctly
If you’re using traditional floss or a floss pick, your goal is to move the floss up and down between your teeth, then gently get around your gumline by working around the base of each of your teeth as you go.
In other words, think of it like you’re trying to use your floss to get the areas that your toothbrush just can’t reach. That should help you to approach flossing in the right way and get you started in the right direction.
If you’re using a water pick, follow the directions that came with it to ensure that you’re using your specific model correctly.
Get Help From a Local Dentist
We mentioned it above, but the reality is that one of the best things you can do for yourself is to ask for advice next time you come in for a visit. A quick “hey, can you give me a few pointers on how I should be flossing?” is all it takes and as the old saying goes, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
It’s certainly true that it’s easier to do something right if someone shows you how to do it and Dr. Pernell would be glad to make sure that you know exactly what will work best for your specific situation. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Schedule a Visit with Summit Family Dentistry Today
Are you looking for a dentist in Denver, NC? At Summit Family Dentistry we’re happy to offer our services. We proudly do everything from preventative dentistry to cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, dental implants and oral surgery, invisalign braces, root canals, and more. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort and you’re hesitant about the idea of visiting a dentist, trust us when we say that we understand your trepidation.
As a matter of fact, it’s our goal to make each and every one of our patients feel at home. We go above and beyond to put you at ease because we know just how stressful the situation that you’re in can be. No matter your reason for visiting us, we are certainly looking forward to seeing you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with the team at Summit Family Dentistry!