Have you ever seen an internet article that questions the need for flossing? They certainly exist, but are they accurate? Steven J. Brazis, DDS is here to tell you that based on decades of research and experience, we know that flossing is an absolutely vital part of a healthy oral hygiene routine. Are you ready to up your flossing game? Try these on for size:
-When choosing a dental floss, look for a product that features the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. This means that the product was tested and meets high standards for safety and effectiveness.
-If you are having trouble flossing due to braces, weak joints, coordination, or other issues, talk to your dentist about other options. You can try floss picks, a water flosser, or shake up your regular dental floss with fun flavors or specific purposes for your smile.
-A single thread for a flossing session should be about 18 inches long. This will help avoid spreading any debris between your teeth, as you can use a new section of thread for each tooth.
-Try to floss for roughly 2 to 3 minutes per session
-Don’t forget to floss the back row between your last tooth and the gums behind them.
Do you have more questions about flossing technique? Or perhaps it’s time for a checkup. Dr. Steven J. Brazis and our team can give you a professional dental exam and help you decide how to improve your oral health routine at home. To book a visit to our dentist office in Sacramento, California, you can call us at 916-731-5151.