A dental hygienist once told me, “Please don’t take this the wrong way, but flossing will be more effective for you if you do it properly.” What she meant is that I was flossing too quickly, and this was harming my mouth 4 ways:
1. Pushing my gums down, 2. Damaging the surface of my gums (increasing vulnerability to bad microbes which can make me ill), 3. Opening up space around the base of the teeth so that plaque could form below the gumline, and 4. Failing to remove plaque from around the circumference of each tooth.
SOLUTION: It’s very simple. I now take my time, slowly working the floss between my teeth, and wrapping the floss around each tooth. Using Plax pre-brushing dental rinse also loosens plaque, making it easier to remove the plaque.