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Why You Need to Discuss Flossing with Your Dentist

Posted on 1/15/2017 by Doctor Schwei
A man flossing his teeth happily.
Flossing is something that only a small percentage of people do right. Most people do not do it daily like they are supposed to, and those that do, often miss parts of their mouth.

If you want to get the benefits of flossing, you need to make sure that you are doing it each day, and doing it right. If you don't know if you are actually flossing the way that you should, ask your dentist for his or her advice.

How to Floss Right

There are a few tips to making sure that you are flossing properly. One, you need to make sure you get enough floss out so that each gap in your mouth gets a new area of floss. Two, you need to make sure you are getting the outside edge of every single tooth in your mouth.

You need to get in front of each tooth, and behind each tooth, in order to get all of the extra debris off of your teeth. Three, you need to make sure you floss at least one time each day, not missing days. If you can do it about the same time each day, it will become a habit that you do without thinking about it, so you will be less likely to miss it.

Flossing needs to happen if you want to try and avoid getting hit with gum disease. That can impact not only your oral health, but your overall health, too. The better you learn how to floss, the less likely you are to experience tooth loss from decay that could have been prevented.

Contact our office the next time you go in for an exam about your flossing habits, and find out if he or she thinks you need to improve your overall flossing skills.

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