Flossing 101

One of the most basic parts of dental care is flossing regularly. Flossing helps to remove plaque and food from between your teeth, and it also helps you to maintain good gum health by removing plaque and bacteria from beneath the gum line. Our Norcross dentists know that flossing is your best defense against deteriorative gum diseases like gingivitis and against cavities developing between your teeth. Because we want to encourage the best hygiene, this post is a clear and simple guide on how to floss your teeth to keep your mouth at its healthiest.

Floss First

According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the best way to clean your teeth is to start with flossing, then brush, then rinse with a mouthwash. Flossing dislodges food and plaque from between your teeth, and brushing and rinsing then are able to wash away the food and plaque that you remove. 

Floss Often

You should try to floss your teeth a minimum of once a day. Our Johns Creek dentists recommend that you floss every time you brush, but if you can only floss once, they encourage you to floss before you go to bed.

Use Good Technique

Although any flossing is far better than none at all, if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it well. The technique that our dental cleaning associates uses is as follows:

  • Hold the floss tightly with both hands.
  • Insert it between two teeth.
  • Work in a C shape, curling the floss down and around the side of one tooth.
  • Slide as far as you can, going under the gum line, then bring the floss up.
  • Use a clean section of floss for the other tooth’s side, following the same steps.
  • Continue moving throughout your mouth until each tooth has had each of its individual sides cleaned.

That’s it! Flossing is a simple and easy thing to do, and it will help to keep your mouth happy and healthy.