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Proper Flossing Technique—or How to Floss Like a Boss!

May 19, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Robert Rahm
Family Dental Care | Chesterfield Valley Dental

When it comes to taking good care of your teeth and gums, flossing regularly is just as important as brushing. Too many people skip this all-too-important step when they are taking care of their oral health.

Make sure you are doing all you can to protect the health of your mouth by flossing at least once every day. Here’s what your Chesterfield Valley, MO, dentist recommends as far as proper flossing technique.

The Right Way to Floss Your Teeth

Your toothbrush cannot reach everything, so flossing is necessary to get rid of food particles that get stuck under your gumline and between your teeth. Not flossing can lead to plaque buildup which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing is easy and only takes a short bit of time every day.

Here’s the procedure:

Wind dental floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of dental floss to work with. Using your thumbs and index fingers, slide the floss up and down between each tooth. Gently work the floss around the bottom of each tooth and below the gumline. Every time you move to a new area, use a clean portion of your floss.

Family Dentistry in Chesterfield MO

If you would like to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Robert Rahm, call our Chesterfield office today. We offer comprehensive family dentistry that includes thorough dental cleanings and restorations. We are excited to meet you and your family!

The Correct Type of Dental Floss

There are two types of dental floss, and the “correct” type for you is mostly a personal preference.

Nylon floss comes in different flavors and can be waxed or unwaxed. If your teeth are very close together, the floss might shred or tear. PTFE floss is virtually shred-resistant, so it might be best for tight spaces between teeth.

Either floss does a great job at removing food particles and helping to prevent plaque buildup between teeth.

Floss Like a Boss Campaign

It's a perfect week to kick off our Floss Like a Boss Campaign because The Blues are in the playoffs and everything in our office is BLUE this week! Patients can check in this month on our Facebook page and be entered to win a Sonicare Toothbrush or Waterpik flosser. Who doesn't want one of those?!?!

Be sure to check in on our Facebook page for a chance to win!

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