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Dental Floss – Avoid Strangling Your Fingers!

February 3, 2016

Filed under: Dental floss,Dental Health,Oral Hygiene,Uncategorized — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 6:33 pm

Dental Flossing without Strangling Your Fingers

Our office has found the following technique for using dental floss to be helpful!

Can we eliminate finger strangling from dental floss?

For many people, flossing is just difficult.  Using dental floss is awkward.  It requires good dexterity.  It is a bit messy.  And, sometimes, it hurts!  Not just the teeth and gums either!  The gums may hurt especially if there is periodontal disease present.  The issue addressed here is when the fingers doing the flossing hurt.  A lot of people have complained about this to our office.

The finger strangle problem of dental floss

The finger strangle problem of dental floss

No sore fingers! The solution to painful fingers from dental flossing.

No sore fingers! The solution to painful fingers from dental flossing.

Dental floss tips!  Important flossing notes to avoid strangling your fingers and maintain proper technique:

  • Have fun!
  • Your thumbs and first fingers on both hands should be available for flossing
  • You should use a good quality dental floss, but most will work (if your floss is too thick or rough it may irritate the tissue)
  • Wrap the first or middle finger of one hand with floss over a wide area of the fingertip
  • Do not wrap in just one area as this increases the likelihood of strangling!
  • As you use the floss, continue to wrap up the floss over a wide area of your finger
  • You should be able to pull on the floss without turning your fingertip dark red or purple!
  • Wash your hands before and after flossing to avoid spreading germs to your mouth or to other areas
  • Have fun!

I’m serious, have fun!  You might as well consider flossing fun if this helps you to floss regularly.  Use dental floss every day, once a day, thoroughly to help your teeth and gums be as healthy as possible.  And try these tips to see if this helps you use dental floss without strangling your fingers!  Our office would be happy to answer any questions you have about dental floss or any other dental concern.  We serve patients all over Western Colorado and beyond.  Please visit our Facebook site for more information and fun photos.  Sometimes we post contests there as well.  Phone our office at (970) 242-3635.

Yours for better dental health, Julie Gillis, DDS

Avoiding the Dreaded Strangled Finger When Flossing!

June 3, 2015

Filed under: Dental floss,Oral Hygiene — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 2:47 pm

Avoiding the Dreaded Strangled Finger When Flossing!

Yes!! It is possible! And, Easy.

Avoid this!

Avoid this!

It is easy to minimize this uncomfortable sensation when flossing!  Let me demonstrate!

Hold the floss across the tip of one middle finger

Hold the floss across the tip of one middle finger

Then, start to wrap the floss gently around the tip of the finger - ONE time, then -->

Then, start to wrap the floss gently around the tip of the finger – ONE time, then –>

Continue wrapping gently by spiraling the floss down the finger tip - not several wraps in one space.

Continue wrapping gently by spiraling the floss down the finger tip – not several wraps in one space.

You are almost there!

The floss should look like this when you are done - an open coil of floss that does not strangle when you pull on it!

The floss should look like this when you are done – an open coil of floss that does not strangle when you pull on it!

 

Now you can really get to flossing!

 

 

 

By wrapping the floss around a middle finger and leaving the other end free you will have freedom to floss with a first finger and a middle finger, two first fingers, or a finger and a thumb.

You will have good flossing control when you are flossing with a short piece of floss between two fingers.

You will have good flossing control when you are flossing with a short piece of floss between an index finger and a thumb OR –>.

You will have good flossing control when you are flossing with a short piece of floss between two fingers.

You will have good flossing control when you are flossing with a short piece of floss between two fingers.

You will have good flossing control when you are flossing with a short piece of floss between two fingers or two thumbs!

You will have good flossing control when you are flossing with a short piece of floss between two fingers or two thumbs!

And, by making flossing more comfortable, I hope I have made it more fun! Our office is happy to help with any of your dental hygiene concerns – we have lots of tips on flossing and more to maximize your efforts.  Our phone number in Grand Junction, Colorado is (970) 242-3635.

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis, DDS. PC

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

1190 Bookcliff Ave. Suite 201, Grand Junction, CO 81501 USA
Julie M Gillis DDS Grand Junction, CO cosmetic, general, & restorative dentist. (970) 242-3635 (970) 242-8479 jgillis@juliegillisdds.com