There is nothing more frustrating then going to your dentist and telling your hygienist that you have been flossing daily, when they tell you your gums are all inflamed and swollen.
You will get an “E” for effort but more-than-likely you aren’t flossing correctly. Here are a few tips to help fix the problem so you are flossing properly:
Have The Right Amount of Floss
For many, you think a small strip maybe 6 inches in length is ideal for a flossing session. In reality though, every time you floss you should have between 18 and 20 inches of new floss available. That is the correct amount to get the job done and done right. In addition, never use the same portion of floss twice. That will simply spread the bacteria and particles to a different area in your mouth.
Get Between The Teeth and Gums
Yes you for sure make sure you get in-between every tooth when flossing. It is also essential though to get the floss in the area between the base of each tooth. This is the area where it comes in contact with the gums. It is very common for food particles to get into these areas and without floss this food becomes bacteria, which leads to the potential of swollen gums and cavities.
Don’t Forget To Rinse
Once you complete your flossing always be sure to rinse out your mouth with water. This will help loosen any remaining particles and prevent them from getting stuck within another area of your mouth.
Fresh Dental Smiles would be happy to provide additional flossing tips during your next visit. Simply ask your dentist or hygienist as they can demonstrate it just for you.