5 Tips for Effective Flossing from E. Scott Saltzman DMD

pixabay-clker-free-vector-images-29620There has been great debate across the United States recently on the news and on social mediaabout flossing. Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC wants to set the record straight. Most Triangle residents brush their teeth at least twice a day, as Dr. Saltzman and other dentists recommend; yet many people find it harder to commit to daily flossing.

E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has compiled a short list of important tips to help patients develop  and maintain the important habit of proper flossing that will keep teeth healthy and support the prevention of cavities and gum disease.

From the desk of E. Scott Saltzman DMD, we offer five important tips that will make flossing an important part of personal dental care: 

  • Floss at least once or twice every single day: Although regular tooth brushing is the important first line of defense against cavities and periodontal disease, brushing alone cannot remove all the bacteria between the teeth. Flossing should be done before brushing and in the morning or evening. It is an even better idea to floss after every meal. The most important aspect of flossing is to develop the critical habit of doing it every single day to prevent plaque from turning into tartar.
  • Use enough floss to do be effective:Use the correct amount of floss to make the process simple and more successful. Make sure it is long enough 12 to 18 inches; wrap a portion of it around the middle finger of one hand and the remainder around the other middle finger. Glide the floss slowly between each tooth with a back-and-forth and up and down motion. As floss becomes frayed or dirty, move to a clean section. Always throw away used floss. Remember, doing it right is very important.
  • Clean both sides methodically and thoroughly: Curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and slide it up and down firmly against it. Then, without removing the floss from between those teeth, do the same to the adjacent tooth. Use the forefingers to guide floss between the teeth. Continue until all of them have been flossed. Don’t forget the back side of the last tooth on both sides, upper and lower.
  • Be careful of the gums: Do not force floss down between the teeth or snap it into place. Floss can cut into the gums, causing bleeding and tenderness.
  • Try different floss products until the most effective one is found: Many people find that waxed floss is the easiest to use. Others prefer a dental pick, pre-threaded flosser, or other device. Ask Dr. Saltzman about the options and the differences for healthy teeth and gums.

It is important to get into the habit of daily flossing. Ask E. Scott Saltzman DMD at your next appointment for suggestions to make healthy flossing an important part of your dental hygiene routine. Dr. Saltzman will help explain why flossing is so important to dental health. If it’s time for a cleaning, call our office in Cary, NC just off Waldo Rood Blvd. between Davis Drive and SW Cary Parkway. Our professional and friendly staff is waiting for the call.  


This informative post about dental health and cosmetic treatments is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC. Please call us for an appointment today.


919 380 9311


202 Town Village Drive

Cary, NC 27513

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The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.

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