Are you tired of getting a lecture on flossing every time you get your teeth cleaned or come in for a check-up? Flossing plays an important role in the health and longevity of your smile. Without it, you could easily develop gum disease and suffer future tooth loss.

But did you know that flossing incorrectly is almost just as bad as not flossing at all? Here are 4 signs that you’re flossing the wrong way, and what to do to correct it:

1. Your Gums are Bleeding

Healthy gums don’t bleed. If you’re not flossing regularly, there’s likely a bit of gingivitis starting to develop. In most cases, it takes flossing every day for at least two weeks before the bleeding to stop when you floss. Keep at it!

2. You Can’t Get a Floss Pick to Work

Floss picks are one-size- fits-some. Unfortunately, they don’t allow you to curve the floss around your teeth. This can make it difficult (or even impossible) to slide the floss up and down between your back teeth. Check into floss picks that are curved more like a “Y” and allow you to work the floss into areas further back in the mouth.

3. It Hurts

Flossing only hurts if you have gingivitis or gum disease. It’s like a scratch or cut that you don’t keep clean. Once you go to clean it, it’s going to hurt until the infection is reversed.

4. You Only Use it When You Feel Something

Are you only getting the floss out after you enjoy a steak or corn on the cob? While floss is perfect for the occasional piece of food stuck between teeth, it’s an essential part of your daily oral hygiene routine to remove microscopic plaque that isn’t always visible.

How Should You Floss?

Take an 18+ inch piece of floss and wrap each end around the middle fingers on either hand. Then, use your index finger and thumb to guide the floss between each of your teeth.

Tug the floss until it is taut against the curvature of your tooth. Gently rub it up and down against the tooth, extending under the gums until it stops. Repeat this several times on each tooth, raise the floss above the gum extending upward between the teeth, and move to the next tooth.

Repeat the process once a day, and see results like healthier gums and less bleeding in as quickly as 10-14 days!

Still hate flossing? Try a water flosser instead. Although they can be a bit messy, they’re a great alternative for people who have a difficult time flossing or need to reach under areas like bridges. There are even variations that can be used in the shower!

If You’re Not Seeing Results…

If your gums aren’t responding to flossing, or the process is still uncomfortable – call Marconi Dental Group right away to schedule a gum disease screening. We’re happy to answer any questions that you might have!

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

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Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.