Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile full of healthy, white teeth. A good at-home oral care routine is essential to your dental health, as are regular visits to your Tucson dentist. Your dentist has probably told you that you should brush your teeth twice per day and floss every day. You may be tempted to skip flossing sometimes, but it is one of the most important things you can do for healthy teeth and gums. If you don’t floss, or if you do but you have improper technique, you could be leaving bacteria behind around your gum line that can lead to decay or gum disease. Keep reading to make sure your flossing technique makes the grade.

Types of Floss

In order to make sure you are flossing correctly, you first need to have the right tools for the job. You can choose from nylon floss or single filament floss, whichever you find to be easier to use and more comfortable. Nylon floss may shred a bit as you use it, especially if you’re working it between teeth that are fairly tight together. As long as you use the floss properly, either type should be just fine. You can also select from different flavors to make your flossing experience more enjoyable.

Proper Technique

Now that you have a dental floss that you like, it’s time to get to work. Take about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around your middle fingers, leaving about one inch in between to work between your teeth. Slide the floss between your teeth in a gentle up-and-down motion, taking care not to snap or pop the floss since that can injure your gums. The floss should curve around each tooth and go under the gum line. As you move from tooth to tooth, unravel a new section of floss so you’re using a clean area each time.

For answers to all of your oral health questions, call Robert C. Brei, DDS in Tucson at (520) 325-9000. Dr. Brei is experienced, compassionate, and dedicated to providing every patient with individualized dental care. Make your next dental appointment with us today.