How to Properly Floss Those Difficult Teeth For a Better Smile
Hospital Dental Group is a national leader in emergency dental services, but we actually would rather see fewer dental emergencies! Dental emergencies can mean extensive tooth damage, decay, or disease, and none of those are things we want for our patients. But if our patients are careful with their teeth and take good care of them, we’ll see fewer emergencies. One of the keys to protecting your teeth is knowing the proper way to floss.
When you follow a good dental hygiene program, it doesn’t just keep your teeth clean— it makes them healthy and strong, which means that they are far less susceptible to disease and damage from trauma. The stronger your teeth are, the more resistant they are to harmful dental emergencies. That’s why we recommend that all of our patients follow a good dental hygiene program.
Flossing is an essential part of a good dental hygiene program, but many people don’t know the proper way to floss. Because they aren’t cleaning the parts of their teeth that need the most cleaning, they aren’t getting the full benefit of flossing. Hospital Dental Group wants all of our patients to know the proper way to floss those hard-to-reach teeth so that they can protect themselves against the kind of dental emergencies that we treat. Check out our short guide on flossing technique to learn more.
The Proper Way to Floss Those Trouble Spots
Patients who want to follow a good oral hygiene program must make flossing properly a part of that program. But the shape of our mouth, the position of our teeth, and the size of our hands can make flossing the back teeth and some other spots particularly difficult. Make sure you are following these tips for the proper way to floss so that you are providing yourself quality dental hygiene at home.
The most important thing to remember when you are working on flossing the proper way is to get between each and every tooth. Most of us only floss between our front teeth, because that is what is visible in our smile, and that’s what we see in the mirror. But the space between our back teeth can easily fill up with plaque, too, and if it is allowed to grow, it can lead to gum disease. If cavities and gum disease go unchecked, it can lead to extremely painful toothaches, and you’ve got a real dental emergency on your hands! Make sure to floss between each and every tooth.
To reach those back teeth, though, can be difficult. Using dental floss from a roll is the way that most dentists floss, and the benefits of a long, strong, and clean length of floss are difficult to overestimate. But many people are turning to floss picks as their new chosen method of dental hygiene. Floss picks allow greater control of the floss, and make it much easier to floss between back teeth. However, because you are using the same length of floss over and over again, they are less thorough than other methods. If you’re having trouble flossing back teeth properly, try using a floss pick. Just realize that your regular professional dental cleaning schedule will become more important.
The proper way to floss is best demonstrated by a dentist. If you’re struggling to floss properly, consider getting in touch with your dentist and schedule a cleaning where you can learn more about flossing and some ways that you can improve. Hospital Dental Group is happy to help. Just get in touch to set up an appointment and we would be happy to show you how you can avoid dental emergencies through proper hygiene.