Common Flossing Mistakes You’ll Want to Avoid

Common Flossing Mistakes You’ll Want to Avoid

Brushing your teeth is essential, but it’s not the only step you must take to protect your teeth and gums. Flossing is another important step that can help you maintain better oral health. It is also important to make sure you know how to floss properly so that you are not missing out on any of the benefits. Be sure to avoid these common flossing mistakes:

Flossing More Than Once a Day

You have likely heard that you should brush your teeth at least twice every day—once in the morning and once at night. A lot of people think they should floss every time they brush but flossing too often can actually be bad for your gums. Stick to flossing once a day. 

Not Using Enough Floss

You should always use a clean section of floss. After flossing between two teeth, slide the floss down your fingers so you can reveal a clean section before moving on. This will ensure that you are not spreading bacteria around your mouth, which can happen when you don’t use a long enough string of floss.

Forcefully Pushing Floss Between Teeth

Gum tissue is very delicate, which is why it is important to be gentle with your oral hygiene routine. Don’t try to force the floss between your teeth, as this can result in gum damage and increase your risk of developing gum disease. Instead, carefully work the floss back and forth and maintain good control over how much pressure you are using. 

Not Flossing Behind Back Teeth

Even though your very back teeth do not have other teeth next to them, it is still important to floss behind them. Food particles can get trapped here and brushing isn’t always enough to remove them. Be sure to floss behind your back teeth every time you floss.


If you are interested in improving your smile and oral health, contact Allan D. Weimer DDS today. You can reach his office at (970) 879-4290 to learn about the orthodontic services available at this Steamboat Springs dental clinic or to schedule your appointment.