Flossing: 3 Things That Shouldn’t Happen

There’s one main thing that should happen when you floss your teeth during dental hygiene: You should comfortably make your way throughout your smile, slipping floss between teeth, while successfully removing plaque and food. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t occasionally hit a few bumps in the road that can make your experience sort of complex or challenging. Not to worry. We are ready to help tackle those minor traumas, so you’re back to easy flossing in no time.

#1: It Shouldn’t Hurt

It’s not supposed to hurt when you care for your teeth with dental hygiene. So, if flossing is uncomfortable, you need to take several factors into account. First, something could be wrong, such as gingivitis or tooth decay, which results in pain. Next, you might be too aggressive. Or, you might need to change to a more comfortable floss. You may also be rushing!

#2: Your Fingertips Shouldn’t Go Numb

Dental hygiene should not cause you to end up with pain or numbness in other areas of your body either! However, this is a common tale. If your fingertips are turning purple as you floss, let’s help you out: Stop winding the floss tightly around your index fingers. Instead, wrap it loosely around middle fingers then hold the floss and guide it along as you go with your thumbs and pointer fingers. Easy solution!

#3: It Shouldn’t Be Difficult

Are you having a very hard time with your flossing? Maybe you’re not sure what you should be doing. Perhaps you have a bridge or other dental work that’s proving difficult to clean. Come in for a visit, so we can help. With a bit of instruction, it will be easy as 1,2,3.

Ask For Dental Hygiene Help During Visits

Remember to ask about how to best care for your oral structures at home, while you’re visiting us for a dental checkup. Schedule a visit with Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR today by contacting us at (541) 923-5927.