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Mistakes People Make with Flossing


Posted on 11/13/2017 by Office Manager
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Flossing is a great way to make sure that your dental health is great. This, together with brushing properly and rinsing your mouth with the right dental care product, will make teeth and gums much healthier than before.

However, Most People do not Know How to Floss Properly


To put it simply, all you need to do in flossing is to take the floss in the right length at the right speed, pressure and time.

Three Main Mistakes People Make When Flossing Their Teeth


Flossing in a front and back motion. This is like using your toothbrush like you would a saw; you are trying to cut something hard. Our teeth are hard, but our gums are not. Flossing should be done in an up and down motion. That way, the plaque and the specks of food may be properly taken out, instead of sawing them apart and then have your brush take them away.

Stopping when it bleeds. This is an interesting one. Any kind of gum bleeding should be looked at with concern; however, people with sensitive gums will have quite some bleeding, whether they brush or floss.

However, that does not mean you should stop flossing. Actually, by flossing more and more, you are slowly making your gums a little stronger. Ending your flossing too early. Most just haphazardly floss out their teeth with just a second or two.

This is because they floss the way they would saw something. If you do an up and down motion, it will take around 3 to 5 seconds, unlike the sawing motion which takes a second or two.

The top mistakes are flossing in a front and back motion like you would a saw, stopping when it bleeds a little, and then ending your flossing too early. Proper flossing is different from person to person, but knowing how not to floss is a great first step.

You are on the right track to great dental health. However, it is better to ask for professional advice so that you would know if what you are doing is right. You can contact us and we will be more than happy to help you. Great dental health will not just make you healthier overall, it will give you another reason to show off your pearly whites with a bright smile.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (907) 885-3666 today.


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