Let’s face it, many of us don’t like brushing our teeth, let alone flossing, which is why many people skip it altogether. However, flossing is crucial to your overall oral health and helps to keep the cavities at bay. Smile Designers is a Longmont-based dental office that offers a wide variety of dental services. Below, we’ll review some tips on how to make flossing less of a pain. Contact us today.

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Learn the Proper Technique

There’s more to flossing than simply putting the floss between your teeth and pulling. Learning the proper technique can make it less painful. You want the right length of floss, hold it between your thumbs and forefingers, and guide it gently to the gums and down.

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Try Alternatives

If you don’t like dental floss itself, try a different type of floss, such as a water flosser, or a water pick. This type of floss works well for those with dentures, crowns, and braces. However, you’ll still need to use regular flossing in order to achieve optimal oral health.

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Pick the Right Type of Floss

There are different types of floss, and choosing the right one can make all the difference. You’ll want to look for a waxed floss. This type of floss moves easily between teeth, which will help cause less pain and will make the entire process faster.

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Floss Regularly

While it may seem counterintuitive, flossing regularly will be less painful. Infrequent flossing can cause gum bleeding, pain, and overall discomfort. One tip to remember to floss is to put your floss next to your toothbrush.  When you see it, you’ll be more likely to remember.


Smile Designers is a family-owned and operated dental office that offers quality dental care in Longmont. Our caring staff is passionate about giving you the tools you need to have the best oral health. From preventative dental cleaning to emergency dentistry, we’re there when you need us. Schedule your dental appointment today.