Do you know what it means to practice good oral hygiene? First, it at starts at brushing twice a day and spending at least two minutes doing so. A lot of people have this down pat and do a great job of brushing their teeth. However, there’s often one part of the equation that is left out…flossing! There are many patients who aren’t sure how to floss, and that’s okay. There’s no reason to ever feel embarrassed for not knowing the proper flossing technique. There is a right and wrong way to do it and we’ll be happy to show you how it’s done.
Our general dentistry services in Tyler, TX, serve all of those in Whitehouse, Walnut Grove and Bascom, and are meant to keep your oral health in great shape. There’s only so much we can accomplish when you come to our office for a visit, so practicing good dental habits can keep you out of our dental chair and out enjoying life with a beautiful smile. On top of practicing great dental hygiene habits, it’s important you schedule an appointment at our office. There’s only so much you can see in the mirror. Our thorough cleanings and exams will locate any potential problem areas and help you brush up on your oral hygiene habits. Dr. Gerber is the general dentist Tyler, TX residents can trust to get their teeth looking and feeling healthy.
Flossing Is A Lot Easier Than You May Think
Flossing is very important, but you already knew that. It can reach places that a toothbrush simply can’t, such as between your teeth. Think about waking up in the morning: you go to the sink and brush your teeth but don’t think that flossing is that important. You’d be wrong! Brushing doesn’t remove all of the food particles that are left over in your mouth. Those same food particles are prone to rotting if they aren’t removed in time. Rotting food that’s left in your mouth leads straight to disease, or even worse, an infection.
So, how can you keep food particles out and teeth healthy? Below are five steps for proper flossing:
- Stretch out 18 inches of floss and wind the ends around your middle fingers, leaving roughly an inch of floss between the hands.
- Gently glide the floss between your teeth in a saw-like motion.
- Gently curve the floss into a “C” shape and get under the gumline.
- Carefully scrape the tooth’s side as you move the floss away from your gums.
- Repeat these steps for all of your teeth.
- Don’t be shocked if you see bleeding, it’s completely normal.
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We’re happy to service all of our Tyler, TX patients if they have any questions regarding proper flossing or brushing techniques. It’s never too late to learn new habits – this is your smile we’re talking about! Flossing with the right technique can make a big difference. Give your teeth the love they deserve and start flossing right!