Your oral hygiene is vital for a strong oral health and healthy smile. However, if you have an improper routine (like when you forget a task or use the wrong technique), it doesn’t help your teeth and gums as much as it could. Oftentimes an improper technique results from not knowing much about oral hygiene or having questions. So, if you have questions about flossing, our dentist, Dr. G. Trevor Smith, is happy to help you by providing the answers to the following commonly asked questions.Why do I need to floss my teeth?
You need to floss because it cleans the cracks between your teeth. In those cracks lies plaque, which is a destructive, hard-to-see film that threatens your smile and promotes tooth decay and gum disease. If you don’t remove it regularly, your smile could be in danger.

How often should I floss my teeth?

You should floss your teeth at least once a day. Many people prefer to floss before bed after they have brushed their teeth and before they rinse their mouth.How should I floss my teeth?
First, grab an easy-to-use flossing tool that can help you properly clean your teeth. If you’re using dental floss, take about 18 inches out of the container. Wrap most of the floss between your two middle fingers, leaving about an inch of slack between the two. Then, use your index fingers and guide the floss between your teeth. Make sure to scrape the sides of both teeth and clean along the gumline. Be careful as you do so. Please use a clean section of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

If you have additional questions that were not included in this blog, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our dental team. All you need to do is contact G Trevor Smith by dialing 801.785.2574. We look forward to telling you more about flossing in Pleasant Grove, Utah!