Flossing is very important for your oral health. You should aim to floss your teeth at least once a day. This is in line with the recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA). Flossing along with brushing your teeth, rinsing with mouthwash, and chewing sugar-free gum between meals are essential practices. Many though, have doubts about the importance of flossing and the proper flossing technique.
Why Is Flossing Essential?
Optimal dental health requires daily flossing. Try doing it at the same time as you brush your teeth at night. Both practices will remove plaque from the surface of your teeth. Brushing removes plaque from the visible surfaces of your teeth and flossing removes it from between. Plaque can build up over time and develop into tartar which leads to gum disease. You then risk losing your teeth because of gum disease.
Flossing also has the advantage of removing food particles from your mouth which lead to bad breath.
What Type of Floss Should I Use?
There are two types of floss on the market. Nylon floss or filament. Nylon floss can be mint-flavored and adding to its appeal. Filament floss doesn’t break as easily as nylon floss. However, you can expect to pay more for it.
How to Floss The Right Way?
The following steps make up one way of doing the proper flossing technique:
- Start with a piece of dental floss about 18 inches long.
- Choose between wrapping it around your two index fingers or pinch it between your thumbs and index fingers, leaving a 2-inch section to work with.
- Carefully slide the floss between each tooth using a sawing motion. (Don’t let it snap between.)
- Make a C shape with the floss, curving around the tooth.
- Slide the floss around the surface of the tooth going deep into the gum line.
- When you finish cleaning each tooth, use a new 2-inch piece of floss to clean the next tooth.
- Continue the steps until all teeth are clean.
Wash your hands before you floss. This will reduce the transfer of bacteria into your mouth.
Is It Better To Brush First or Floss First?
You can decide whether to floss or brush first. The more important thing is to use the proper flossing technique and that you do them both regularly. Doing so will contribute towards good oral health. You should also visit the dentist twice a year. Along with overall dental checks, they can remove plaque that you may have missed.
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