Flossing is a lifetime habit that helps in maintaining squeaky clean oral surfaces and we always recommend that all of our patients find time to do it daily. According to the American Dental Association, flossing is a two-minute affair, so that's just about all the time you need to scrub your tooth's surface one tooth at a time. But that's for people who floss regularly, though. Those who don't floss daily might need to floss longer depending on how long they've stayed without flossing. If you're flossing for the first time in as many days or even weeks, you need to swipe the floss over each tooth many times more to remove food particles and plaque that have built up since the last floss. However, no matter how long you floss, you always need to go gentle on your teeth and avoid flossing too hard.
You can get all your teeth surface squeaky clean with just a few minutes of gentle flossing. Read on to find out how to tell if your teeth are clean when flossing.
How to Tell if You've Flossed Long Enough?
You'll hear some faint squeaks if your tooth's surface is clean when you're flossing, especially if you're using unwaxed floss. When you learn to always get the timing right with the squeaking prompts, you'll soon be able to avoid certain side effects like toothache, gum pains, and bleeding due to flossing for too long. Flossing too hard might also cause these problems, so you need to stick to mild strokes until you hear the squeaks.
Want more tips for proper flossing habits? Reach out to us today and let our expert dentists give you streamlined personal recommendations. We'll tell you exactly when and for how long you need to floss to reduce the risks of various dental problems like gum disease, cavity, etc.