dentalflossThe idea of flossing your teeth probably seems pretty straightforward. It may also be one of those things you’re not really interested in doing. Though we can typically convince our patients that flossing is essential for excellent dental health, we tend to find out that many people are a bit confused regarding best practices for effective flossing. To learn more about incorporating this preventive dental hygiene practice into your daily routine – and doing it well – we invite you to test your knowledge with the following quiz. Either your daily dental floss habits have been spot on or you’re about to learn some new tidbits to help keep your smile in tip-top shape.

Flossing Quiz: True or False?

  1. True or False: You only need to floss every single day if you aren’t scheduling dental cleanings two times a year.
  2. True or False: If you are flossing, you should be gently wrapping your floss around the side of one of your teeth just beneath your gumline, dragging it up along your tooth to remove plaque and food particles.
  3. True or False: You will need to use about 18 inches of floss every time you perform this dental health method for removing plaque.

Dental Quiz Answer Key

  1. False. You will always need to floss your teeth once a day – every single day. Combining home flossing and dental cleanings (with excellent brushing habits) is a wonderful solution for preventing problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
  2. True. Some patients think that they just need to move the dental floss up and down for effective dental health care. However, this doesn’t do much. By applying a bit of pressure to one tooth and then the neighboring tooth, you can effectively remove harmful plaque.
  3. True. It sounds like a lot of dental floss but it is important to use a fresh little segment of floss between every two teeth – make sure you shift to a new spot as you move throughout your mouth, so you are truly cleaning your teeth rather than dragging bacteria from place to place.

ABOUT YOUR REDMOND DENTIST:

At Redmond Dental Care, Yum Sang DDS enjoys providing preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and biomimetic dentistry for a multitude of patients living in and around Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Sammamish, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, contact us at (425) 883-2100.