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If you want the best flossing routine possible, then you need to avoid bad flossing habits. That’s right—there are flossing habits that can do more harm than good for your smile. If you avoid these habits and use top-of-the-line techniques, your teeth and gums can be properly cared for each day. Our dentists, Dr. Sonny Afshar and Dr. Fara T. Afshar, are happy to help you by listing the bad flossing habits to avoid here:

-Forcing the floss into place: It’s best to avoid forcing the floss into place because doing so can harm the tissues when the floss jams into the gums. This can make the gums swell and bleed. It can even damage the gums. So, use a gentle sawing motion to get the floss into the proper position if you have a hard time doing so.

-Using a flossing product that is hard to use: The more you use a flossing product that is easy to use, the better. This is because it reduces your chances of forcing the floss into place and being rough around the gums. Some people find waxed floss, flossing picks, floss threaders and water flossers easy to use.

-Not flossing once a day: If you fail to floss daily, the plaque and bacteria can build up on the teeth and gumline and promote dental issues, like cavities and periodontal disease.

To learn more about flossing in Roseville, California, please reach out to our dental team at Star Dental. When you dial 916.773.6222, we will be more than happy to help you, even if it’s just by answering your questions. We look forward to telling you all you need to know!