Tips For Effective Flossing

Most of your life you have heard that flossing is essential for reducing the risk of cavities, gum disease, and even heart disease. The expert dentists here at Gentle Family Dentistry are here to confirm that it is all true! Not only is flossing an amazing tool to prevent diseases and other dental issues but it is also extremely effective in helping your teeth look and feel their best all while giving you great-smelling breath! However, in order to cash in on these dental benefits to get the most out of your oral health, you need to floss correctly. That is why our dentists have compiled their top tips to help you improve your flossing routine!


Top 4 Flossing Tips:


Floss After You Brush

There is a slight debate around this topic about when is the best time to floss: before or after you brush. While we recommend you floss after you brush, there is no right or wrong time to do it, as long as you do it! We recommend that you save it until the end of your teeth brushing routine as it allows the floss to pick up leftover debris that the toothbrush might miss.


Choose A Quality Dental Floss

It is critical that you choose floss that you will actually use! This will ensure that you are more likely to use it every single day. When choosing a floss make sure that you are choosing one that has the American Dental Association seal of approval. Some other characteristics to choose from are taste, color, width, and packaging.


Keep It Simple!

No need to floss more than once a day! Keep it simple and stick to flossing at night. That way you can take your time and not rush the process. 



To get the most out of your flossing we recommend that you wrap floss around your middle fingers. Then you can use your forefinger and thumb to get close to your teeth. Once you get close to your teeth you can hug the side of the tooth, then you will need to floss up and down five times. While doing this process you are going slightly below the gums but not hitting them.


In Search Of a Dentist in Maine? Visit Gentle Family Dentistry in Madison, Augusta, or Winslow Maine


At Gentle Family Dentistry, our professional family dentists have the skills and experience necessary to take care of the oral health care needs of you and your family. We are proud to provide a wide range of services including preventative care, restorative treatments, pediatric care, and emergency services to our clients. Please call our trusted team today for everything from pediatric visits for your child to annual teeth cleanings, oral cancer screenings, and much more. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you create the smile of your dreams soon!