Cleaning between your teeth daily is an essential part of maintaining good oral health.
Well, brushing is great. But did you know that only brushing won’t keep your mouth clean?
Proper dental flossing reaches those parts where your toothbrush can’t, that are between your teeth and under the gum line. Left untreated, bacterial buildup can cause cavities, bad breath, and gum disease.
We know we should floss at least once every day, but everybody does not know the proper way to do it. If you don’t have time for flossing in the morning, always floss before your final brush of the day, i.e. before bedtime.
Follow this step-by-step guide to find out how to correctly floss your teeth:
- Break off nearly 18 inches of dental floss and coil most of it around one of your middle fingers. Coil the remaining floss (2-3 inches) around that same finger of your opposite hand. This finger will take up the floss as it turns dirty.
- Hold your floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers.
- Guide the floss between your teeth in a slow rubbing motion. Never snap or force the floss into your gums, as this may cut or bruise your delicate gum tissue.
- When the floss reaches your gum line, bend it into a C shape against one tooth. Slowly slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
- Hold the floss firmly against the tooth. Slowly rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up and down motions.
- Move to a clean section of floss and repeat this process on each of your teeth. Don’t skip the back side of your last tooth.
- Floss in a clockwise motion, starting with your upper molars on your left side and then ending with your lower molars on the left side.
- Once you’re done, throw the floss away. A used piece of floss won’t be good and could leave bacteria behind in your mouth.
- Follow with brushing and wash your mouth with water or an antibacterial mouthwash.
What kind of floss should I use?
It’s just a piece of string. Two types of floss are usually available:
- Nylon (or multifilament) floss
PTFE (monofilament) floss
Nylon floss is available waxed and unwaxed, and in several flavors. Because this type of floss is made of several strands of nylon, it may certain times tear or shred. However, Waxed floss usually slides a little easier between your teeth and much less likely to shred.
While more costly, single filament (PTFE) floss slides easily between teeth, and is virtually shred-resistant.
If it’s difficult to use regular floss, you can try floss picks, water flossing or other alternative flossing tools.
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