Flossing is one of those things which we know we have to do but we put off doing again and again. The very popular reason for why you may not floss as much as our dentist tells you to is because you don’t know how you do it. Every time you’ve tried flossing your teeth, you’ve always ended up with floss that have snapped or bleeding gums. However, just because you’ve encountered these tiny mishaps does not mean you should scrap flossing altogether. In fact, some of these occurrences may even be prodding you to floss more.
Problem No. 1: Bleeding gums whenever you floss.
Despite the fact that you floss very gingerly, like the floss is barely grazing your gums, you get blood every single time. So what are you doing wrong? If you’re sure that you don’t have heavy hands, then it may be that you’re not doing anything wrong at all. It could be the problem is with your gums. If you have an existing gum disease, your gums will naturally bleed at the slightest agitation because these soft tissues are has become inflamed to begin with. So what should you do then? Don’t be daunted; continue flossing. The more than you floss, your gums will get better and you won’t have to worry about them bleeding anymore.
Problem No. 2: The dental floss always snaps on you.
This may be especially so when you have braces on; it can be especially difficult to get the floss in between your teeth with all those brackets on the way. Chances are that you’ll only snap the dental floss while trying to get it in. Your solution? Try using a dental floss threader. This floss threader works the same way as a sewing threader would. It would also help if you don’t pull the floss in, rather do it slowly to make sure that you don’t snap the floss by force or even cut your gums.
Problem No. 3: You cannot guide the dental floss properly.
It may be that you’re doing the one mistake which most if not all of us are guilty of – using the index finger to loop the dental floss. This is a no-no because if you’re going to use your index finger to anchor the floss, instead of your middle finger, then you won’t have this finger free anymore to guide the dental floss.
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