Have you told a little white lie to your dentist that suggests you floss more often than you actually do? Don’t worry, us too. Though flossing is an important part of your dental health regime, it can be a bit of a nuisance to navigate around tight teeth or permanent dental equipment. We understand the annoyance that flossing can be, so here are a few tips on how-to make flossing less of a hassle:
Try Different Flossing Products
Though the standard floss is most common, there are countless amounts of other options for flossing; you can find different textures, coatings, weights, and flavors! In addition, many companies have also released alternative flossing products to bring some variety into your dental regime. If the regular floss is not for you, try other products like water picks, air picks, floss picks or interdental brushes. These prevent you from having to be as invasive in your mouth as you need to be with regular floss, and can speed up the length of time you spend cleaning.
Change Your Technique
The basics of flossing are fairly easy to understand and execute, but sometimes due to bigger sized hands or personal physical restrictions it can be more difficult than it looks to effectively remove all of the extra plaque/debris. To get the most out of your flossing routine, be sure to use plenty of dental floss. Having the floss longer will give you the room to handle the floss more properly, and allows more space to rotate the floss after each tooth gap. In addition, be gentle with your teeth by using slow and smooth strokes while holding the floss at an angle. Your mouth can be a sensitive area, so make sure to not be too aggressive when you’re flossing.
Learn How to Properly Clean Around Permanent Dental Ware
Having braces can make for a beautiful smile, but people who have had braces are usually the not-so-proud owners of permanent retainers. These tend to be thin wires glues to the back of the front four teeth on both the bottom and top, and though they help keep your teeth aligned, they’re not much help when it comes to your flossing routine. This wire makes it a little difficult to navigate around with floss, so talk with your orthodontist about any tips that they may have to help you work around your permanent retainer. Using some of the alternate flossing products mentioned above could also make your routine a bit easier.
Tie Floss in a Loop
To prevent strangling your fingers with floss there is the option to tie it into a loop before using. This allows you to have more control over the floss, rotate it easier after going through each tooth gap, and has the potential to substantially cut back on your flossing time. Not to mention that it saves you from cutting off the circulation in your fingertips and from needing to maneuver your whole hand inside your mouth. Sounds like a win-win to us!