Dangers of Flossing Improperly

Posted on 7/23/2017 by Zac Bird
Be careful not to floss improperly.
If you don't floss your teeth the right way, you can do a lot of damage to both your teeth and your gums. It can cause your teeth to become sore, your gums to become weaker, and it can lead to tooth loss. When you aren't quite sure of the best way to floss, it is best to confer with your dentist. They can describe the entire process to you, and show you places in your own mouth that you may be flossing wrong. The sooner you learn the right way, the better off your overall oral health will be.

How to Floss Right

Many people believe they are supposed to take a piece of floss, slide it up between their teeth, and use a sawing motion back and forth to remove any plaque or tartar between the teeth, but this is no longer considered the best method for flossing. If you are still doing it this way, you may be harming your mouth, inadvertently, by trying to keep it healthy.

Instead, you take that piece of floss, slide it between two teeth, then slide it back down, pushing up against one of the two teeth of that gap. This should be a scraping motion on that tooth. Then you want to move to a new portion of floss, go into the same gap, and scrape down the other tooth. Then you move to the next gap and use a new section of floss to repeat the process. By scraping your teeth, you are getting your mouth cleaner than a sawing motion can provide.

If you aren’t flossing like this, you could be stripping your teeth of enamel, causing your gums to not hold your teeth as tightly, and it could also increase the sensitivity of your teeth. This can lead to struggles that you are going to have for many years. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (253) 777-0252.








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