Are You Making One of These Common Flossing Mistakes?
Posted on 3/17/2016 by Allan Hablutzel
No one really enjoys flossing, and unfortunately, this leads many people to rush through the task. If this sounds like you, you are likely making some flossing mistakes and aren't actually benefiting your teeth. Read on to learn about some of the most common, and take steps to improve your flossing habits.
Failing to Floss the Back Teeth
If you concentrate on only flossing the teeth in the front of your mouth, you're making a big mistake. In fact, the back teeth are some of the most important to floss, as you do most of your chewing back there, so this is where food is most likely going to get stuck between your teeth.
Stopping When Your Gums Bleed
You're flossing and notice that your gums are bleeding, so you should stop, right? Isn't it obvious that you are hurting yourself? No! Bleeding gums are one of the first signs of gingivitis, meaning that you actually need to floss more.
Flossing Too Hard
Sure, it can be difficult to get your floss in between some really tight spaces, but this doesn't mean that you should be especially aggressive and jam your floss in there. Instead, gently work the floss into the space and move it up and down, always following the natural curvature of your tooth. Use a mirror to inspect what you are doing.
Failing to Rotate Your Floss
Flossing is used to remove food, bacteria, and other debris from in between your teeth. If you don't rotate your floss, the junk that you removed from one space can get added into the next space. You won't actually be removing anything, just relocating it.
Don't wait until your dentist finds a problem before you start flossing the right way. By using these tips, you'll be able to keep your teeth clean.