Are You Flossing Wrong? 3 Common Mistakes

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We all know how important flossing is, but did you know that it's possible to floss incorrectly? It's not enough to just aimlessly floss around a few of your teeth and hope for the best — you need to ensure that you're using the correct technique. If not, you might not be removing all the plaque, debris and bacteria that build up on your teeth. Read on to learn about three of the most common flossing mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Not flossing both sides of teeth

When you floss, do you consciously focus on one tooth at a time, or just slide the floss up and down without much of a plan? It's important to focus on one tooth at a time when flossing the gaps between your teeth. If not, you'll only be removing bacteria from one tooth, while the tooth on the other side of the gap could still be covered in plaque. You need to view each tooth as a separate entity to floss, rather than approaching one gap at a time.

Using the same section of floss

Do you try to be frugal with your floss? Unfortunately, reusing the same section of floss over and over means that you're spreading bacteria around your mouth. Since floss is so effective at getting into small gaps, it could introduce bacteria to areas where it wouldn't naturally occur — not good. Switching to a clean section of floss each time you move to a new tooth allows you to remove buildup without introducing any new bacteria. If you often find yourself running out of floss and reusing sections, cut a piece much longer than you think you'll need. At the end of your flossing section, measure how much you actually used, and use that as a rule for future flossing sessions.

Stopping if your gums bleed

Do you give up on flossing at the first sign of blood? That's understandable, but it's actually a mistake. It's natural for your gum tissue to become inflamed if you haven't flossed in a while, and that's not a reason to stop. As you continue flossing, your gum health should improve, and you'll stop seeing blood. If you think that the blood is a result of flossing too vigorously, make an effort to be more gentle. You should be applying firm pressure to the sides of teeth, but not to your gums.

Want to get the full benefits of flossing? Make sure you aren't making these rookie mistakes. Ask your dentist for additional advice.


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