Answers About Floss That Can Really Benefit Your Smile

It has been drilled into your memory, of course, that you should be flossing your smile as part of your daily dental hygiene experience, so you protect your oral health. You understand the benefits and that without floss, your brushing alone isn’t going to cut it because your brush doesn’t thoroughly clean those spaces between teeth and under your gum tissue. However, if you have some questions or problems with your dental floss, this can quickly become a dilemma that poses an obstacle for you maintaining your healthiest smile. Great news, of course: Our Bedford, MA practice has helpful answers to FAQs we hear all the time!

Answer: Keep Dental Floss Everywhere!

The question here is, where should I keep dental floss? Should I just keep it at home in my bathroom or do you suggest keeping it elsewhere? We say “keep it everywhere that you can,” essentially, because there’s no better way or safer way to remove food from between teeth. When you leave food between teeth, it encourages problems, so why not keep your smile clean (it’s also much more comfortable not to have food wedged between your teeth). Common places we might suggest for convenience include:

  • In your glove box
  • At your work desk
  • In your bathrooms
  • In your purse or backpack

Answer: No, You’re Not The Only One Who Doesn’t Know How

The question here is whether you’re the only person in the world who doesn’t really know the best and correct way to floss during dental hygiene. The answer is a very big “no!” You can trust us, of course, because we see patients every day who have a general understanding that they should clean between their teeth with dental floss but need help with technique. Just ask! We will be glad to walk you through it.

Answer: There Are Ways Around Numb Fingertips

If you have been asking yourself lately how to floss during dental hygiene without ending up with tingling or numb fingertips, this is also something we can help you with during your checkup and cleaning. It’s all about your approach and how you wrap and guide the floss (in short, wrap around middle fingers, hold and guide floss with index fingers and thumbs).

Check On Dental Hygiene Technique With Us

When you are having trouble flossing or you simply have questions about this aspect of your dental hygiene, take time during your dental visits with us to bring up any uncertainties you may have! Schedule a visit with Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA by contacting us today at (781) 275-0200.