Flossing FAQs: Don’t Overlook The Essential Details

When you tear off a strand of floss and you clean between your teeth (and just beneath your gumline), you’re providing your smile with an exceptionally significant service. In addition to brushing, this act ensures your teeth and gums remain very clean and, as a result, very healthy. However, just because you floss sometimes doesn’t mean you’re getting the full medley of benefits from this portion of your dental hygiene. It’s when you’re doing things correctly that flossing is most advantageous. Find out how you’re doing with some FAQs  (and don’t forget to ask for more information during your next visit).

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is the frequency with which I should be flossing my smile? Do I need to floss every time I brush my teeth?

Answer: It is not necessary for you to floss each and every time you brush. However, it is essential that you run through one complete flossing session during at least one of your sessions of dental hygiene every single day.

Question: Is there a particular way I should be flossing my smile? I just assume as long as I remove obvious plaque or food from between teeth, I’m probably doing a good job.

Answer: Yes, you should be flossing your entire smile, between all teeth and behind back ones. You should begin with the floss beneath your gum tissue, gently pulling it up along the side of one tooth by bending the floss into a sideways “v.” Repeat for your neighboring tooth. Then, continue throughout your smile.

Question: How long should it take me to floss if I’m practicing optimal dental hygiene?

Answer: It should take you as long as necessary to floss your whole smile. On average, this will require about two minutes or so.

Find Out How To Keep Teeth And Gums Exceptionally Clean

Do your best to keep your smile as clean as you can by learning more from our team about optimal dental hygiene. Schedule a visit with Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR today by contacting us at (541) 923-5927.