How to Floss Your Teeth

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We know that flossing is an integral part of healthy oral hygiene. You can improve your flossing by remembering these tips:

When choosing a dental floss, look for a product that has earned the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. This ensures the product has been rigorously tested and meets exacting standards for top-quality safety and effectiveness. The single-filament thread is best, as it is less likely to fray or break.

If you struggle with flossing, talk to Dr. Kevin J. Reece about other options. There are many possible solutions, such as products for sensitive teeth, fun flavors, and even alternative techniques such as water-flossing.

For each session, your piece of floss should be about 18 inches long. To avoid spreading any debris between teeth, use a new section of thread for each tooth. Try to floss for roughly 2 to 3 minutes, once a day. Work gently between teeth and use sawing motions. Work around every tooth (don’t forget the back row!). Be gentle! Remember, your goal is to remove debris, not cut up your gums.

If you are new to flossing, it is normal to feel a little discomfort. If it persists for more than 2 weeks, call our office and speak with your dentist.

To schedule an appointment in Payson, Utah, call Kevin J. Reece, DDS at 801-465-4474. Dr. Kevin J. Reece and our team look forward to seeing you!