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8 Flossing Mistakes You Can Correct Tonight

Flossing is a must for healthy teeth and gums and fresh breath. But do you know how not to floss? Are you just wasting your time and your floss? Or worse, could your flossing habits be harming your teeth and gums? How to get it right every time for that “just-seen-the-hygienist” feeling 

8 WAYS NOT TO FLOSS

1. Is it OK not to floss?

Asking this question is your first mistake. It’s definitely not OK to leave flossing out of your oral hygiene routine. Not flossing is associated with gum disease, which ultimately leads to tooth loss and jawbone deterioration. And if this isn’t enough to convince you, not flossing means you’re likely to have a buildup of the kind of bacteria linked to an increased risk for some serious diseases. These include: stroke, heart disease, some cancers and even Alzheimers. 

2. Floss before you brush your teeth not after

Research shows that flossing before brushing is more effective in reducing plaque levels and decay between the teeth. One of the reasons for this is that the fluoride in your toothpaste is far more effective when it  coats a flossed cleaned surface area of a tooth.This leads to better protection for the areas between the teeth.  

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3. Don’t go to sleep without flossing

“I’m too tired to floss, I’ll do it tomorrow.” Does this sound like you? You’d be making a big oral hygiene mistake. The reason for this is that saliva flow decreases when you sleep. Since saliva is a natural cleanser and has some antibacterial properties, a drier mouth offers an ideal environment for bacterial growth. If you have left over food particles accumulated from the day between your teeth, you’re providing a feast for these bacteria and setting a perfect stage for decay and gum diseases. Brushing does part of the job to remove food particles and bacteria but it doesn’t do the whole job. This is where flossing comes in. The cleaner your mouth is before you nod off the better. 

4. How not to floss

Your flossing action is crucial. What you should not be doing is rushing. Haste leads to rough movements which are not just ineffective, they can can damage your gums. If you’re pushing your floss through the teeth with too much force and snapping down on your gums, for example, this can cause trauma and discomfort. Rather ease the floss through the space in a controlled fashion. 

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Make sure you floss below the gum line as in this photo.

5. Don’t use sawing movements when you floss

The best way to clean using floss is to slide the floss along the side, front and back  surfaces of the tooth and most importantly under the gumline to loosen plaque, bacteria, and food particles that may hide in this area. Apply gentle pressure and try keep your movements smooth. Concentrate on movements upwards and away from the gums on the button set of teeth and downwards on the top set. 

6. Don’t stop flossing if your gums bleed 

“ Avoiding brushing or flossing areas which bleed is a problem. Bleeding is a sign of inflammation and that is where you need to concentrate on cleaning more,” says Stephanie Ellard, Dental Hygienist at WeCare Dental Peterborough.

Bleeding may be a sign that your gums are unhealthy. It may mean you’re not flossing enough or you just may be flossing too roughly. Continue flossing and ensure that you see your dentist for regular check ups. This way any problems can be picked up and dealt with.

Did you know Left untreated gum disease can lead to stroke, heart disease and diabetes?

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7. Use a clean section of floss for every tooth

You can’t be miserly with floss if you want to do a proper job of cleaning in between your teeth. Use a new section for every tooth or you’re simply moving plaque and bacteria from one area to another. 

8. Don’t forget to floss behind the very back teeth

Back molars are hard to reach with a brush even though one of their surfaces is not blocked by another tooth. Slide your floss along the exposed surfaces and gently work a little below the gum line to loosen any accumulated plaque or food molecules. 

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