Flossing your teeth is very important because brushing cannot reach every area of your mouth. Flossing helps remove food, plaque, and bacteria that can get stuck between teeth and below your gums. Flossing daily reduces the risk of gum disease and increases the likelihood of keeping your teeth for a lifetime.
Flossing also helps reduce bad breath. Sometimes, I tell my patients to smell the floss after they finish flossing. If it’s smelly, then you know you need to floss a little more. The smell of the floss is what people smell when they talk to you!
It is recommended to floss daily. I recommend flossing at least before bedtime. If daily flossing is too difficult for you to get accustomed to, then work your way up to it! Begin flossing 2 times a week, and then gradually add more days.
Once you start flossing, I promise that it will be very hard for you to stop!
So what is the correct way to floss?
- Start with an arm length of floss.
- Wrap the majority of floss around one index finger then wrap about 2 inches of floss around your other index finger.
- Hold the floss very tightly between both index fingers, using the support of your thumb.
- Slide the floss gently up and down between your teeth, making a “C” shape. Make sure you get below the gum line!
- It’s very important to use a clean section of floss as you move from tooth to tooth. You do not want to transfer plaque and bacteria from one site to another.
- Wrap the used part of the floss on one finger to help you differentiate between the used and unused areas of floss.
- Gently pop the floss from the between the teeth.
- Repeat for every tooth.
- Now, you are on your way to becoming a Flossing Boss!!
- Make sure you get behind your last teeth.
- Floss threaders help floss underneath braces and bridge- work.
- Floss picks are great for those individuals who have trouble using the regular flossing techniques.
Stay Flossing my Friends,