Fantastic, Frequent, Foolproof Flossing: What Are You Missing?

Flossing, when practiced as part of your daily dental care at home, is something that can provide you with a nonstop source of smile protection! When you know just how to do it, you feel certain about the little details, and you find that following through with flossing as part of just one of your daily dental hygiene sessions is easy, well … it’s the foolproof approach to extra cavity and gingivitis protection you feel happy to enjoy! However: If things aren’t all rosy on the flossing front, our Pella, IA team knows you may need a bit of help. Ready to get things in order, so you’re reaping the benefits? Here we go!

What Type And Flavor Are You Using?

Your flossing as part of your daily dental care can yield exceptional results! That is, only if you’re actually completing it. If you’re not, we encourage you to ask yourself why. The most common answer we receive from patients is that they don’t like it. That it tastes bad. If you can relate, then it’s time to get very serious about what you’re using. Through trial and error with new flavors, waxed versus unwaxed options, and more, you will certainly find something that you find pleasant (which will help you floss daily without complaint).

How Much Floss Do You Begin With?

If you’re not using enough dental floss, then chances are good that you’re not frequently flossing (just once daily), which means you’re not completing your preventive dental care, which means you’re headed toward some problems like tooth decay or periodontal concerns. Why is this? Well, insufficient floss length means you’re probably dropping it a lot or having problems getting through your smile without slippery, dirty floss. Check to be sure you’re starting with somewhere in the neighborhood of a foot and a half. That way, you’ll have more than enough to grasp and to truly cleanse between teeth and under your gumline!

Are You Making It Through Your Whole Smile?

If you need help winding the floss correctly around your fingers, we can help with that. Remember: Wind around middle fingers, close down on the thread with index fingers and thumbs! However, if you aren’t remembering to floss your entire smile, that’s something only you can fix. If you didn’t realize this was a key factor in smile protection, just make the change. Floss thoroughly, so you’re certain your dental hygiene includes flossing between all teeth and even behind those very back ones!

Get Your Flossing On Track! 

Check in with our friendly team soon during a dental checkup and cleaning if you are under the impression that the flossing portion of your dental hygiene could use a boost! Just contact us today! To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.