Dr. Cynthia Wong of Orland Park, IL, recommends that patients add flossing to their daily routines. Flossing is the only way to completely clean debris from your teeth. It cleans areas that your toothbrush cannot reach. Not only are many patients not flossing, but most aren’t flossing properly. That’s why we have provided this simple flossing guide.
Besides brushing twice a day for two minutes, start flossing daily too. Begin by removing 18 inches of floss from the packet. You’ll want to wrap one end around each of your middle fingers. This lets you rotate out the dirty floss and rotate in the clean floss. Next, slowly place the floss in between two of your teeth. Be careful not to irritate your gums by snapping the floss. Loop the floss around of the teeth in a “C” shape. Move the floss up an down, rubbing the area clean. Rinse and repeat for all of your teeth.
Your Orland Park dentist has some suggestions to help you floss. Most grocery stores and supermarkets sell floss in different thicknesses and materials. If floss isn’t fitting between tight-gapped teeth, invest in a different type. There are also small flossing appliances available. These handheld devices are easy to use and maneuver.
The only way to have a completely clean mouth is through flossing. Without it, food debris attracts cavity-forming bacteria. Preventing teeth decay is as easy as flossing once a day.
To learn more about flossing and dental hygiene, contact Dr. Cynthia Wong. Our office is located in Orland Park, IL. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 708-444-8341.