Do you use dental floss regularly? Have you managed to find the type of dental floss that is best for you? Do you know how often you should use dental floss, when to insist and when to give it a break? And, more importantly, do you know how to use it right? Here are a few common mistakes people do when flossing; avoiding them regularly decreases the risks of various dental conditions and increases oral health to a relevant degree.
- Not choosing the right dental floss. Pay attention to the thickness of your dental floss (including products that are thicker at the middle and thinner at sides), to the material it is made of, to the additional elements it may feature (waxed, whitening), etc. For a full insight into the matter, read the article about the dental floss.
- Skipping one interval between teeth. Basically, this is the most common mistake. Skipping it once may not be a real issue; however, people tend to develop special habits, which may lead to skipping the same interval over and over again.
- Placing too much stress on the gums. When flossing, you need to focus on cleaning mainly the sides of the teeth. Gently running the floss over the gum between teeth should suffice. If you repeatedly place stress on the gums, you risk making them recede, which is precisely what you should try to avoid when flossing.
- Using the same part of the floss over and over again. Running the same part of the floss may eventually carry pathogens from one place in your mouth to another. If you feel the slightest unpleasant taste after one run, take another piece of floss. If you incidentally notice blood on the floss, do the same thing.
- Missing the upper teeth in the back. From a flossing perspective, the upper teeth in the back are the most difficult to be reached. Don’t avoid flossing them just because it’s difficult to get to them. Instead, buy a dental floss support to make the job easier.
- Snapping the floss. Don’t force the floss against a tight space between two teeth. Instead, shift to a thinner floss or ask your dentist’s advice for your particular case.
- Flossing without following an order. This is the easiest way to miss spaces between teeth, thus making the entire procedure futile.
If you have doubts about certain moves or procedures, ask your dentist for further insight into the matter and don’t just invent a contextual solution, as this may prove counterintuitive in the long run.