Flossing Properly

flossing-properly-st-jacobs-dentistHow to Properly Floss Your Teeth and Why it is Important

Dental hygiene is just as important, if not more, as physical hygiene. However, unfortunately, it’s pretty widely neglected owing to a lack of awareness and a generally busy lifestyle.

Do you remember when you last flossed? In fact, many people don’t even know how to floss or even why it’s so important for dental hygiene. Keep reading to find out more about Flossing Properly!

Flossing Properly - Why is it Important?

Throughout the day, whenever you eat, tiny food particles get stuck in the gaps between your teeth. These food particles are used as a source of energy by the bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria convert these foods into acids and other products that accumulate in the form of yellowish plaques on your teeth.

When this bacterial growth crosses a certain limit, a cavity appears in your teeth, which can eventually erode or eat away your teeth. Therefore, it’s important to floss so that you can get rid of the tiny food particles between your teeth that cannot be removed by a normal brush.flossing-properly-st-jacobs-dentist

Flossing Properly: How It’s Done

Flossing your teeth doesn’t just involve moving the flossing string back and forth with no proper direction. If done improperly, it can lead to gum irritation. Therefore, it’s important that you know how to properly floss your teeth. The instructions below will guide you.

  • First, make sure that the piece of floss you have is about 15-20 inches long.
  • Next, wrap most of the floss around the middle finger of your dominant hand. Leave some floss behind and hold it between the thumb of your dominant hand and the index finger of the other.
  • Next, rub the floss back and forth in the gap between your teeth. When you approach the gum, slide the floss sideways so that you rub it against the teeth and not the gums.
  • Wrap the used floss around the middle finger of your non-dominant hand.
  • Continue until you’ve flossed your entire teeth.

If you don’t already, follow the steps above and start flossing today! Remember to book your dental cleaning with St. Jacobs Dental Care. Our hygienist will review the proper flossing techniques with you during your dental appointment. St. Jacobs Dental Care office is located in St. Jacobs, and welcomes new patients.

St. Jacobs Dental Care services the following areas:

  • St. Jacobs
  • Elmira
  • Northern Waterloo
  • Woolwich Township
  • Conestogo
  • Hawkesville
  • West Montrose
  • Heidelberg
St. Jacobs Dental Care

10 Parkside Dr,
St Jacobs, ON N0B 2N0

Tel: (519) 664-2434
Fax: (519) 664-3824
Email: info@stjacobsdentalcare.ca

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