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If there’s one obvious oral health technique that we all know is important, but aren’t always good at, it’s flossing. Every time we visit the dentist we get told that we have to floss regularly.

Even if you’re good at flossing, there are a few tips to consider in order to make sure that your flossing efforts are as effective as possible. Let’s look at what those are.

What am I doing wrong?

A common problem our team here at Merrill Ranch Family Dental Center in Florence, Arizona, sees in flossing habits of our patients is that they’re too rough on their teeth and gums. You want to apply enough pressure to remove plaque, but not so much that you cause undue discomfort or pain.
A lot of people also don’t move the floss properly between their teeth. Believe it or not there is a right and wrong way to do this.

How can I do it better?

To floss more effectively and get the most out of this useful part of your regular dental routine, you should do the following.
Make sure that when you floss you’re using 18 to 24 inches of floss, held tightly around your teeth in a C shape. Don’t go too tight, though. Just tight enough to make it work.

Then slide the floss between your teeth in a back and forward motion. After, you’ll want to also go up and down against each side of your tooth to ensure you remove as much plaque as possible.

If you need more tips, demonstrations, or have any other dental related questions, please don’t hesitate to call us today at 520-413-9714.