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2137 E County Rd 540A
Lakeland, FL 33813
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Dental Flossing Techniques for Optimal Gum Health

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Weo Admin
Pretty Black woman flossing before dental exam appointment at Thomas Plunkett, DMD in Lakeland, FLFlossing is a crucial part of keeping your gums healthy. It helps remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth, where your toothbrush might miss. Follow these simple steps for optimal gum health:

Select the Ideal Floss

Use dental floss that is comfortable for you. There are different types, such as waxed or unwaxed, and floss picks, so find one that suits your preference.

Get Enough Floss

Cut the ideal size of dental floss. This gives you enough to use a clean section between each tooth. This ensures you effectively remove all stuck food debris and bacteria from hard-to-reach surfaces.

Wrap Around Middle Fingers

Hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers, leaving a few inches of floss between them. Wind most floss around one middle finger and the rest around the other.

Create a C-Shape

The best tactic when using the floss is to gently slide it between your teeth. Ensure it is well curved in a C-shape and slide it around the base of the teeth and under your gumline.

Use a Clean Section for Each Tooth

As you shift from one tooth to another, ensure you use clean floss from your middle finger and that you take up the used floss section with another finger. It ensures that you do not transfer bacteria from one tooth to the other.

Reach the Back Teeth

Ensure that you are extra careful and reach the back of the teeth. These areas are quite problematic to reach using a standard toothbrush. The sawing motion is the most ideal way to floss between these tight spaces.

Floss Both Sides of Each Tooth

Flossing is not just about going between your teeth. Make sure to floss both sides of each tooth to remove plaque and debris effectively. The last tooth in your mouth is just as important as the first. Give it the same care and attention.

Remember, good oral health involves a combination of brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups. If you have questions about your flossing technique or any aspect of your oral care routine, do not hesitate to ask our dentists for guidance. Contact us through our office line.

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2137 E County Rd 540A
Lakeland, FL 33813-3794


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