Flossing, like anything else worth doing, takes some practice over a period of time. There are many myths out there regarding flossing, so many of our patients at Mt. Tabor Dental either grab the dental floss to use right before each regular appointment with our dentists in Portland, Oregon Dr. Todd Beck and Dr. Jacob Morrow or don’t do it at all.
The fact is that flossing is both essential to maintaining good dental health and easier than you might think. Here are simple tips to help you floss for the new year!
Choose Your Favorite Floss
Believe it or not, there are many types of floss from which to choose, and you may have a preference that will encourage you to floss. Many of our patients prefer woven floss, but additional kinds of dental floss include:
Some dental floss is thicker than others depending on how it’s constructed. The best way to find out which one you like best is to take a few different samples during your regular dental appointment with Dr. Beck or Dr. Morrow at Mt. Tabor Dental.
It’s also important to remember that dental floss comes in a variety of flavors. Don’t prefer mint while you floss? Try cinnamon. Having a hard time getting your kids to use dental floss each day? Consider grabbing the bubble gum flavor for them.
Flossing Any Way is the Right Way
Some of our patients who visit Mt. Tabor Dental are concerned that they may floss “the wrong way,” but there is simply no wrong way to floss. Grab a length of floss that is 12″ to 18″ long. Wrap most of it around the middle finger of one hand, and the rest around the middle finger of the other hand. Use your thumbs and forefingers to grasp the floss and gently place the floss between the teeth.
Pull the length of floss down between your teeth, and curve it around the surface of each tooth once the floss reaches the gum line. For additional help with how best to floss at home, just ask us during your next appointment. Any of the staff and Portland, Oregon dentists at Mt. Tabor Dental would be happy to help you with your personal flossing technique!
Keep Floss in Easy Reach
One of the myths regarding flossing teeth is that we’re too busy, and this simply isn’t true. One way to be faster at flossing is to practice, and dental floss is portable enough to take anywhere. Grab extras and leave them in your car, purse, by the phone, and – of course – by the bathroom sink so that you see them often and are reminded to floss. Then use it while you’re sitting in traffic or after dinner in a restaurant – even a couple of minutes a day can benefit your smile!