When it comes to flossing, most people think they have a pretty good grasp on the morning or before bed task. But are you really flossing flawlessly?In order to floss flawlessly and keep your gums and pearly whites happy, here’s what you should always do.
• Begin by breaking off about 14-18 inches of floss.
• Hold the floss tightly between your forefingers and thumbs.
• When in-between teeth, move the floss back and forth and in a c-shape around the teeth.
• Remember to floss around the gum line (but not too harshly).
• If bleeding occurs, rinse your mouth with water. If your gums bleed consistently each time you floss, it may be time to visit our practice for a check.
Wondering what else you can do to boost your oral health regimen? Ask us at your next appointment.
5 Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Your Child
It’s every parent’s goal – to help their kids succeed to the best of their ability. But what about when it comes to their oral health? Here are five ways you can help them prevent tooth decay.
1. Don’t share utensils. If you’re eating a sugary slice of cake and use your fork to help your child take a bite of their peas, you can transfer cavity-causing germs to them.
2. Schedule their first dental visit no later than age one to ensure their mouth and gums are healthy and their teeth are coming in as they should.
3. For elementary and middle school children, ask us about sealants to help seal off the chewing surfaces of their teeth.
4. Help them remember to brush twice a day for two minutes each.
5. Be sure to schedule regular checkups and cleanings with us.