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3 Tips for Flossing

August 12, 2022 7:11 pm | Published by

Did you know that you should be flossing once every day? Flossing cleans the 40% of your tooth’s surface that brushing does not cover, including those hard-to-reach areas where food particles get trapped. If you’re not flossing as regularly as you should, there’s no time like the present to incorporate it into your oral hygiene routine. Here are three tips for getting started!

1. Pick a Flossing Tool You’ll Actually Use

No, you don’t need a water flosser to get the benefits of flossing – cheap, traditional dental floss will get the job done. However, the best flossing tool is the one you’ll actually use. If you think you’ll be more likely to floss with a fancy water flosser, go ahead and invest. If you think floss picks are easier to use, then do so! The important thing is that you’re flossing once a day.

2. Pick a Time & Stick to It

The easiest way to incorporate flossing into your routine is to make it a habit. It doesn’t matter whether you floss in the morning or at night, or whether you floss before or after brushing – just pick a time and stick to it! Flossing at roughly the same time every time will make it a habit.

3. If You’re New to Flossing, Don’t Be Alarmed by Some Bleeding

If you’ve just started flossing after a long hiatus, you may notice that your gums are bleeding during flossing. If this persists for a short time, it’s normal – it’s actually a sign that you should be flossing more! Over time, your gums will get used to flossing and the bleeding should stop. If after a few days you’re still noticing lots of bleeding or other signs like redness, tenderness, and swelling in your gums, call our office. These are early warning signs of gum disease.

To ask our team any questions about these tips for flossing or to schedule an appointment, call us today!

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