Plaque is whack, and the best way to get rid of it is to brush and floss your teeth. Despite recent news stories, we’re standing up for the small, but mighty string thing and we’re not alone.
Flossing is an important part of an oral hygiene routine. It’s an affordable and easy way to remove plaque, a major cause of both tooth decay and gum disease, if done well and regularly.
Just like brushing your teeth, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it.
Here are 3 flossing mistakes to avoid:
1. Sawing Instead of “C-ing”
The method of sawing floss between teeth can potentially push plaque further into the gums instead of removing it. Instead, gently cup each tooth with floss forming a “C” shape and rub it up and down against the surface of the tooth and beneath your gum line.
2. Being Too Aggressive
Aggressive flossing can cause your gums to bleed, and continued trauma can cause gums to recede. Teeth and gums are sensitive and don’t need herculean strength to effectively remove plaque and bacteria.
3. Using Faux Floss
Whether it’s a toothpick or a piece of paper, improvising once in a while to dislodge food is understandable. But we recommend string floss and ADA-approved flossers to get the job done safely and properly.
Thread on, you floss boss!