Don’t Pick those Floss Picks
Are you tempted by those fancy, branded floss picks? There are at least two good reasons why they are a terrible idea. One, they resemble a chainsaw and can hence fool you into believing flossing equals sawing between your teeth!
No, seriously! Many people drag the floss pick like a saw between the teeth, not realizing the devastation this can cause on your poor papilla! (We mean your pink, tender gums here). Secondly, you are forced to re-use that germ-filled floss pick across your teeth.
Think about this for a minute, and you will realize that floss picks don’t clean your teeth. They simply spread the germs around. So yes, they are an equal opportunity provider for germs. And as you are sure to have realized, this is so not a good thing!
Don’t Hesitate to Experiment
As long as you remain gently cautious with your teeth (and look for the ADA symbol), you are encouraged to experiment with floss props.
For instance, did you know that there are as many as 6 different props you can use? Waxed string, unwaxed string, tape, braided floss, holders, threaders, power flossers, water flossers, etc. Phew, that is quite a choice! But of course, you should also reach out to your dentist for suggestions on the prop and technique that will best suit your dental history.
Don’t Abandon it if Your Gums Bleed
This is perhaps the single biggest reason why people give up on flossing. But what many don’t realize is that bleeding gums are not caused by flossing. They are more likely a result of gum inflammation or gum disease. In either case, while it is advisable to check this with your dentist, flossing only enhances the health of your gums and teeth. So don’t stop, ever.
Flossing will save you money and it will mean fewer visits to the dentist.
Flossing is a valuable practice well worth your time. It also doesn’t matter much when you do it – morning or night – as long as you do it at the same time every day. Conversely, you may be tempted to overdo it to improve the health of your teeth. Again, don’t as this can be abrasive on sensitive gums.
Finally, flossing with string is still considered the most effective of them all. But this requires a certain amount of dexterity for best results. If this isn’t your strong suit, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist for alternative flossing props and techniques. Doing it is crucial, regardless of the how.Related: Tooth Regrowth Possible?