Choosing to floss every day means that you’ll have spectacular oral health. Flossing rids the bacteria between your teeth and gums.

Normal brushing can’t get rid of this bacterium. Because flossing is so important to your oral care routine, having the proper technique is also important. To get the most out of your flossing, you may need to kick some bad habits.

Though you may floss every day, you may not be getting the most out of your time. Improper flossing is ineffective at removing bacteria from hard to reach places. What’s more is that improper flossing technique has the chance to ruin your oral health. Flossing properly, however, will mean that your teeth are safe from decay and your gums are safe from disease.


One common mistake many people make while flossing is flossing too hard. When you floss too hard, you can cut your gums and cause them to bleed. If this happens, your gums are exposed to infection. Bacteria in your mouth can infect your gums if they have open wounds. To avoid flossing as hard, you may need to be more mindful while you floss. If you notice any pain while flossing, chances are you’re flossing too hard.

Another mistake people make while flossing is not reaching the right places. The purpose of flossing is to get rid of bacteria around the bottom of the teeth and below the gums. If you floss just between your teeth, you could be missing a lot of bacteria. When you floss, make sure the floss goes in-between your gums and teeth.

Proper flossing shouldn’t make your gums bleed. However, you may need to come see us if your gums always bleed when you floss. If you’d like to learn more about how flossing helps your oral health or would like to see us, give us a call. We can answer your questions or set up an appointment for you.