Brushing and Flossing Tips from Bluffton Center for Dentistry
Teeth are easy to take care of on a daily basis, but become far more difficult if you ignore them. So follow some simple rules of oral hygiene on a daily basis, and you will thank yourself for it. Brushing and flossing are easy and self-nurturing practices. Regular dental cleanings and check-ups at Bluffton Center for Dentistry should be scheduled every six months, but more often if recommended by Dr. Porcelli, Dr. Danenberg or Dr. Friedman.
Flossing is good for your gums and the cleanliness of your teeth. Flossing is a simple practice of pulling flossing string – coated or not according to your preference – between each tooth to scrape off any plaque and bacteria. There are a few rules to follow when flossing so that you get the best results.
When you floss on a set daily schedule, you won’t have to think about it. It will become a part of your dental routine. If you are just starting to floss, you may experience some minor gum bleeding. Don’t panic! Bleeding will stop after a few days as long as you maintain your routine.
Take it easy!
Flossing needs finesse, not force. Hold the floss in both hands and insert it between your teeth. When you reach the bottom of the tooth, pull both sides of the floss against one side of the tooth and scrape the inside before removing the floss and throwing it away.
Children and flossing.
As soon as your child has more than one tooth, you will want to help that child with flossing. When children can do the flossing by themselves, help them maintain the habit. Starting the practice of flossing early goes a long way in optimum long-term dental health.
If you have trouble with floss, there are alternatives. Floss holders are available, as are packets of pre-loaded flossing aids.
Don’t be afraid to talk to us (your dentist and hygienist, here at Bluffton Center for Dentistry) about flossing techniques. We’re happy to help teach you how to floss comfortably and properly. We want flossing to become a habit you can maintain!