3 Quick Flossing Tips
Here's how to become more effective at flossing, even if you don't like to do it.
1. Protect your gums with proper technique
Rather than making a “sawing” motion and injuring the gums with excessive force, I advise patients to think of “hugging” each tooth to make sure to clean it correctly. The following video is a great illustration of proper flossing technique.
2. Floss behind your back teeth
Everyone knows you should floss between your teeth, but did you know that deep pockets can form between your very back teeth and your gums?
Wrap your floss behind the very back tooth to make sure to clean this area, as it often holds plenty of plaque and tartar, and can contribute to bad breath, gingivitis, and even bone loss.
If you have trouble reaching your back molars, I recommend the Ultraclean Access Flosser from Listerine, pictured here.
3. Floss picks are great for kids (and adults)
While traditional floss is more flexible and allows for the best technique, floss picks are a good alternative for kids who lack the dexterity or patience to use it.
I still advise my adult patients to use regular floss in addition to floss picks, but for days when you are short on time, floss picks are better than not flossing at all.
Some floss picks are more comfortable to use than others, so it may be worthwhile to try different brands. I find these to be easy to use and strong enough not to tear easily.