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Flossing Tips for Good Oral Hygiene | Healthy Teeth and Gums

Woman Flossing Keep your Gums and Teeth Healthy With Proper Flossing Technique

Flossing your teeth is essential to good oral health, as any dental hygienist or dentist will be sure to tell you. Removing plaque from your teeth will benefit you in preserving the health of your teeth and gums.

Despite the admonition, many people may diligently floss for only a short time after a dental appointment and then resume their bad habits of skipping flossing.

Nevertheless it can hardly be emphasized enough that keeping your gums and your teeth healthy requires regular flossing. A proper oral hygiene program requires you to floss your teeth before or after you brush your teeth.

Why should you floss your teeth?

The primary reason for flossing is to eliminate the bacteria that builds up between your teeth and in the areas where your gum tissue meets your teeth.

Brushing alone is not sufficient for getting rid of all of this harmful bacteria, though flossing correctly does indeed go a long way toward eliminating the accumulated bacteria and promoting good dental hygiene. This may also help with chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis.

Flossing Tips – What is the proper way to floss teeth?

Begin the flossing regimen by first wrapping the dental floss around your fingers with about six inches of floss exposed for use in your mouth.

As you floss keep the tension on the floss quite tight. When the floss begins to become frayed then loop it again and continue the flossing process.

Should I use a flossing threader?

If you have difficulty using regular dental floss then you may wish to use a flossing threader which has a loop at one end for threading the dental floss.

Your dental hygienist or dentist can show you the proper way to do use a flossing threader though it is quite easy – use a piece of dental floss about 14 to 18 inches long and put one end of it through the loop so that one side of the floss is about twice as long as the other.

What is the proper way to floss the teeth?

When you insert the dental floss between your teeth make sure to contact all of the surface area of the teeth. A good rule of thumb is to begin at the back teeth (the molars) and work toward the front, making two to four passes in each space between your teeth.

When you are done flossing one side then begin again in the back on the other side, again working toward the front teeth. When you are done make sure to rinse out your mouth.

What should I do if the area between two teeth is very tight?

To deal with very tight openings use a deft touch to pull the dental floss toward your gum line. Do this gently so as to not damage the soft tissue of your gums.

Floss for Good Oral Health

Use these flossing tips to improve your dental hygiene. Flossing properly removes bacteria that can cause cavities and will help you preserve good oral hygiene. Take care of your teeth and gums and make sure to continue regular check-ups and teeth cleanings with your dentist.

Taking Care of Your Dental Needs at Premier Dentistry of Jupiter, Florida

Please give us a call at Premier Dentistry of Jupiter to consult about your dental needs, and you can also schedule a complimentary appointment. We serve the city of Jupiter as well as other areas including Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Stuart,  Port Salerno, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, and the greater Palm Beach  area of Florida.

Services Offered by Premier Dentistry of Jupiter:

Cleanings and Prevention

Periodontal Disease

Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentures and Partial Dentures


Dental Implants

Root Canals


Jupiter Dentist Explains Various Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

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Improving your Smile and Overall Oral Health with Cosmetic Dentistry

Here are answers to some of the most common questions about cosmetic dental procedures and technologies.

What is the purpose of cosmetic dentistry?

Improving your appearance is the primary purpose of cosmetic dentistry – to create a better look for your teeth and mouth as well as your overall smile.

What is the difference between cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is an elective treatment or dental service that is desired by the patient for personal reasons including improving self-confidence in your appearance.

In contrast, traditional (general) dentistry is concerned primarily with diagnosing oral disease as well as helping to prevent it. This includes restorative dentistry and family dentistry which work to improve the patient’s overall oral hygiene.

Premier Dentistry of Jupiter, Florida offers a full range of both cosmetic and family dentistry services as well as periodontal and orthodintic services.

Can cosmetic dentistry also provide restorative dentistry benefits?

Yes, cosmetic dentistry may provide various restorative dentistry benefits. For example, fixing decayed teeth with dental fillings is often part of cosmetic dentistry.

Porcelain or composite materials matching your teeth color provides cosmetic benefits that are much improved from the previous use of materials such as gold or amalgam which have a tendency to create dark spots that are visible on the teeth.

Should I replace my older fillings with new teeth-colored fillings?

Replacing old fillings is a popular option for improving the natural look of your teeth and smile as well as your overall oral appearance. We are the trusted and reliable Jupiter, Florida dentists that offer the most valued expertise for replacement of fillings and other restorative dentistry treatments.

What are the latest cosmetic dentistry trends and technologies?

New technologies have provided great improvements in helping dental patients achieve natural looking teeth, using state of the art teeth-colored dental materials that are also more durable.

Cosmetic dental treatment has also been trending toward the use of more conservative options that maintain the health and preserve the natural structure of your existing teeth when solving various dental problems.

New technologies in cosmetic dentistry are providing better results, less of a need to refer patients to specialists, and a shorter recovery time.

What is the difference between dental fillings and inlays or onlays?

Dental fillings are molded in place by the dentist in the office during treatment of the patient, while onlays and inlays (also called indirect fillings) are created in a dental laboratory using composite materials or porcelain, and then fitted into the dental patient’s mouth and bonded with adhesive.

Inlays and onlays provide a very long lasting cosmetic dentistry solution and work well for repairing structural damage to teeth due to tooth decay or other reasons.

What is composite bonding?

The dental procedure known as composite bonding provides a way to repair tooth decay and discoloration as well as broken and chipped teeth.

A dental composite material with the appearance of enamel and dentin is placed on the tooth’s surface or in the cavity where it is contoured and sculpted, and hardened using a high-intensity light.

Tooth restorations that utilize composite bonding are often an ideal solution for people with gaps, stains, teeth discoloration and misshapen teeth. Tooth restorations may offer a less expensive and minimally invasive method for a smile makeover. Give us a call to discuss options and costs as we are the premier Stuart, Florida dentist in offering a full range of tooth restoration options.

How does teeth whitening work?

Whitening your teeth is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can vastly improve your appearance by creating a healthy and bright smile.

Stains on teeth come from many sources, including wine, tea, coffee and other beverages as well as food. Smoking may also stain the teeth. Bleaching the teeth removes these stains and restores an impressive smile.

Other Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments

There are a variety of options available when it comes to cosmetic dental treatments and procedures including dental veneers (porcelain or composite laminates bonded to the tooth surface), dental implants (artificial tooth replacements), smile makeovers and full mouth reconstruction.

At Premier Dentistry of Jupiter, Florida we consult with the patient about the various options and what is most suitable to meet their desires and expectations. Cosmetic dentistry has great potential to improve your smile and overall oral health.

Please give us a call at Premier Dentistry of Jupiter to speak with us about your dental needs as well as costs of cosmetic dental procedures. You may also schedule a complimentary no obligation consultation to learn more about how we can help you gain the smile of your dreams!

Call us today at (561)-747-7111!