Did you know that flossing cleans 40% of your tooth surfaces? This daily habit helps prevent gum disease and cavities by removing plaque from the spaces your toothbrush can’t reach.
Yet, this little health tip doesn’t make people like it any better. The top reason is often pain. But flossing doesn’t have to hurt!
We’re going to let you in on 3 secrets for a painless flossing experience:
1. Floss More
It seems counterintuitive to do more of something you don’t like to do. But the more you floss, the healthier and stronger your gums become. Your gums should stop bleeding after just 2 weeks of continuous flossing.
Remember: Bleeding gums could be an early sign of gum disease. Talk to your dentist if you’re concerned.
2. Find the Perfect Floss
When shopping for floss, consider flavor, size and material. If your gums are on the sensitive side, try flossing with waxed ribbon floss, which is gentler and easier to handle.
3. Perfect the Technique
To floss properly: Hold the floss tightly and slide it gently between your teeth. Gently curve the floss to make a “C shape” around the base of each tooth, going beneath the gumline.
Pro-Tip: Avoid forcing the floss straight into your gums, as this can accidentally cut your gumline.
Floss on, thread heads!