Flossing Your Teeth: The Answers to FAQs

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Do you have questions about flossing? If so, it could lead to an improper technique or it could even lead to you ignoring the routine altogether. This is very dangerous for the teeth and gums. So, it’s best to find the answers and information you need so you can take great care of your smile. To help you, our dentist, Dr. Cynthia E. Sherwood, is happy to provide the answers to commonly asked questions about flossing in Independence, Kansas.

Why do I need to floss my teeth?

Flossing cleans the cracks between your teeth, which is important because plaque lives in those cracks. Plaque is a destructive, hard-to-see film that attacks your smile and promotes tooth decay and gum disease. If you don’t remove it regularly, your smile could be vulnerable to major dental issues.

How often should I floss my teeth?

It’s important to floss your teeth at least once a day.

How should I floss my teeth?

Remove 18 inches of floss from the container. Then, wrap most of the string around the middle finger on each hand. Make sure to leave about an inch or two of floss between the two fingers. Finally, use your pointer fingers to push the floss between the fingers into the crevice between two chompers. Next, scrape the sides of each tooth and clean the top of the gums. Be careful as you work around the gums and use a clean section of floss as you progress through the smile.

Call Cynthia E. Sherwood DDS today at 620-331-4499 if you have additional questions or if you would like to know more about flossing. Our dental team is more than happy to talk with you and give you the tips you need because we want you to have a top-notch smile. We look forward to helping you!