Avoid These Common Flossing Mistakes

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Proper flossing is an essential part of maintaining a healthy mouth. Dentists recommend flossing at least once a day to remove plaque in areas between the teeth that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush. Flossing is just as beneficial as brushing when it comes to preventing the buildup of plaque, cavities, and gingivitis. Plaque that is not removed from teeth can eventually harden into tartar. This tartar will eventually work its way into the gums. By flossing properly ever day, you can help keep your mouth and gums healthy. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort while flossing, you are probably flossing incorrectly. Our wonderful dentist in West Hollywood recommends that you avoid the following common flossing mistakes:

Only Flossing Part of the Tooth

When flossing, be sure to curve your piece of dental floss in the shape of a “C” around one side of your tooth and then scrub. Next, reverse the “C” shape and scrub the opposite side the same tooth. Many people make the mistake of only flossing one side of a tooth, or they simply “saw” the floss between teeth. This prevents the removal of plaque from between the teeth.

Forcing Floss between Teeth

If you have two teeth that sit tightly together in your mouth, you should avoid forcing a piece of floss between the small space. If you force or snap the floss into the congested area, the floss can cut your gums, resulting in bleeding and sore gums. The proper way to move floss in between tight spaces is to gently saw the piece of floss between the teeth and slowly enter the tight area.

Using Old Floss

When you switch from one tooth to another, it is important to move the floss in your hands to an unused spot. Floss removes plaque by scraping it off of your teeth and catching it on the string. If you use the same area of floss for the next tooth, you can transfer plaque from the string to the area you are trying to clean. You can actually add plaque you already removed to a new area in your mouth.

Be sure to avoid these common mistakes when flossing and maintain a routine schedule of flossing at least once a day to keep your smile healthy and confident. If you have concerns about flossing or would like to schedule a preventive care appointment with our dentist in West Hollywood, Dr. Farahmand, DMD of OF Dental Care, call 310.273.3650 or visit www.OFDentalCare.com

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