General Dentistry: The Do’s and Don’ts of Flossing

General Dentistry: The Do’s and Don’ts of Flossing from Annapolis Dental Suite in Annapolis, MDGeneral dentistry recommends brushing twice daily and flossing once per day to protect your teeth against common dental problems like gum disease and tooth decay. Bacteria in the mouth can cause both issues.

Oral bacteria feast on sugars left in the mouth after meals, forming plaque and acids that damage teeth. Plaque is the film that makes your mouth feel sticky when you wake up in the morning, and it contains bacteria and the acids that they produce. It hardens into tartar when left on teeth for a few days. Unlike plaque, tartar cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. It requires general dentistry treatments like teeth cleaning to get it off teeth.

Tartar contains bacteria and acids that damage teeth. It can also get into gum pockets, leading to gum disease. Brushing and flossing are the two most important things that you can do to protect your teeth against tooth decay and gum disease.

General dentistry tips for flossing

Flossing once daily is the standard set by the American Dental Association. When teeth are flossed does not matter. It can be done in the morning or at night before bed. It can be done before or after brushing teeth. Cleaning interdental spaces regularly helps prevent tartar build-up in these spaces.

Do’s and Don’ts

Here are a few things that patients can do to get more out of their flossing routine:

  • Use a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long
  • Be gentle when pushing floss into the gum tissues between teeth
  • Gently push the floss below the gum line to clean the base of teeth, as this is where most plaque and tartar build-up takes place
  • Wrap the floss around each tooth to form a “C” when cleaning teeth; hold the floss tight against the tooth and gently move it up and down
  • Use small circular motions to clean areas below the gumline while the floss is wrapped around the teeth
  • Only use dental floss that has the American Dental Association’s stamp of approval
  • Use only the index or middle finger to wrap the ends of the floss
  • Leave about an inch of space between the floss when cleaning teeth
  • Thread the floss between teeth when cleaning them to avoid pulling out restorations like crowns or fillings
  • Consider using a water flosser or floss pick if conventional flossing is challenging

Interdental spaces should be plaque-free after flossing sessions. While flossing helps protect teeth, it can irritate or damage gum tissues when done improperly. A few don’ts of flossing include:

  • Avoid flossing aggressively
  • Experiment with the different types of floss until you find the right one for you
  • Avoid reusing floss
  • Do not be inconsistent with your flossing habits

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Flossing protects your interdental spaces

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