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Mistakes to Avoid When Flossing
Posted on 7/20/2018 by WDG Office
For many people, flossing isn't as simple as it looks. In order to get the benefits of flossing, you need to avoid some of the most common mistakes. Failure to Floss Enough Dentists recommend that you floss your teeth at least once per day. Plaque builds up quickly, and without intervention in the form of flossing, it can turn into tartar. You won't be able to remove tartar on your own and will need a dentist's help to clean your teeth again. Improper Technique The purpose of flossing is to remove plaque off of all sides of your teeth. This prevents plaque and bacteria from entering the pockets of your gums. To do this, use an up and down motion instead of moving forward and backward. Be sure to push against the side of the teeth gently to clean thoroughly. Using the Same Portion of Floss between All the Teeth When you floss, you'll remove bacteria from below the gums and between the teeth. When you use that same section of floss for the rest of your teeth, you're actually helping the bacteria to spread. While you are still loosening up the plaque, which is great, you need to use a new section of floss each time you switch between your teeth. Quitting if Your Gums Bleed Some people fear blood, and if their gums start to bleed during flossing, they give up. They don't want to hurt their gums, but as long as you're not flossing too hard, bleeding shouldn't stop you from flossing. Only Flossing to Remove Food Particles Unfortunately, many people believe that flossing is just something they do to remove the food that is stuck between the teeth. That's not true, as flossing serves a more important purpose of removing plaque. We are here to help you keep your teeth as healthy as possible. Call us today for your next appointment, and we'll evaluate your mouth to see if you are brushing and flossing properly....

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