Your Dental Floss: Are You Using It Everywhere You Need To?

You have a container of dental floss in your bathroom along with the rest of your dental hygiene collection. This is a solid start. Hopefully, you’re also using that floss to remove plaque (and bits of food left behind during the day) in order to complete what we consider effective care at home, including brushing and flossing. While you may be on track with all of the essentials, it’s still possible you’re not exactly doing the thorough job you think you are, which can lead to consequences like oral health issues. So, let’s ensure you’re as successful as can be!

Are You Flossing Between Teeth?

During your preventive visits with us, we like you ask you questions about your dental hygiene. Are you surprised? It’s the best time for us to take a look at how things are going and to review the details with you. One of the most important details when it comes to your flossing is whether you’re flossing between your teeth (all of them). If you’re not, you’re leaving lots of time and room for problems to begin affecting your gums and teeth. Stains may develop, too!

Are You Starting Beneath Your Gumline?

Remember that we are always going to be happy to take time to walk you step by step through flossing or any other aspect of your dental hygiene. So, if you have a question, such as whether you’re really supposed to floss just beneath your gumline or not, let us know! As for this particular detail, the answer is always yes you need to begin just beneath your gum tissue to ensure you’re removing plaque that hides in that location. When neglected, it can lead to the development of irritation and infection that becomes gum disease.

Do You Remember To Reach Way Back There?

There are teeth in the very back of your smile that don’t have neighbors right behind them. Even though there’s no space to floss “between” it’s still very helpful and good for your oral health if you floss along that very back edge. It can help prevent gum inflammation. It may help you avoid decay on back teeth. It will certainly help you steer clear of a need for restorative care, too!

Make The Most Of Hygiene With Helpful Suggestions From Us

We are always going to be happy to walk you through the basics (and more) in regard to your home dental care, so please ask! To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.