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Did you know there are flossing habits that can do more harm than good to your smile? Well, it’s true. It’s important to avoid participating in those habits so you can maintain the strong and healthy teeth and gums you deserve. To help you do so, our dentist is happy to list those habits. The habits to avoid include:

  • Forcing the floss into place: If you force the floss between your teeth, it can jab into the gums. When it jabs into the gums, it irritates the gums. This can make the gums bleed and it can even make them pull away from the teeth. It’s best to be gentle as you floss. To help get the floss into place, use a gentle sawing motion.
  • Using a flossing product that is hard to use: If you can’t properly maneuver the floss, there is a greater chance of forcing the floss into place or forcefully cleaning around the gums. It’s best to use a product that is easier to use, like waxed floss, a flossing pick, a water flosser and more.
  • Not flossing once a day: It’s vital to floss at least once a day. If you don’t, the plaque can build up on your smile and promote cavities and gum disease. So, make sure to floss at least once a day.

If you have any questions about flossing in Lansing, Michigan, please contact Healthy Smiles Dental Care™ of Lansing and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to give you the answers and information you’re looking for if you just dial 517-333-3160 now.