Little Mishaps, Big Problems: Your Flossing Habits

Did you know that when you’re missing little details with your daily flossing, you’re missing plaque? Were you aware that when you miss plaque, it turns into tartar and then that builds up and threatens your overall oral health? If you’re feeling a bit nervous at this realization, we remind you: It’s very easy to complete a job well done, assuming you’re well informed. Take a moment, then, to allow our Southlake, TX practice to offer you the extra education you need, so you can feel certain your flossing habits aren’t lacking!

Get Way, Way Back There With Floss

What parts of your smile do you clean with your dental floss? If your answer is that you clean between all of your teeth, then you’re certainly onto something but you might be forgetting just one important detail: The back of your back teeth. That’s right, the very back edge of your smile that’s exposed and without a neighbor. Go ahead and reach way back there, get your floss up to the gumline and drag it down along this surface, too, for additional plaque removal and oral health protection.

Don’t Rush It Or You’ll Hurt Yourself

Our team reminds you that you don’t have to take a very long time with your dental hygiene in order to promote optimal oral health effects. What you do need however, is to avoid accidentally rushing. When you rush, you tend to be more aggressive with your movements. Whether you’re snapping the floss between teeth or are accidentally pressing too hard, this can really rough up your gum tissue and lead to problems.

Don’t Be Afraid Of Getting Beneath The Gumline

Don’t want to end up with decay or other problems that come from a buildup of plaque and its not-so-friendly bacteria? Well, then. You will certainly want to become comfortable with what it takes to practice thorough flossing. So. Where to begin? Start by very gently easing the floss just beneath your gum tissue along your tooth. Unless you have an untreated gum health problem like gingivitis, this will be perfectly comfortable! Now, proceed from there.

Let Us Guide Your Flossing Habits During A Visit

When you take the time to see us for a preventive dental visit or otherwise, remember that we will be happy to take the time to direct you toward excellent dental hygiene habits. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.