Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important aspects of oral health.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you floss your teeth at least once a day. Yet, if you do not use the proper flossing technique all your efforts will be in vain.
In this article, we will explain how you can floss properly. But first, let’s tackle why is daily flossing so important?
Why Is Flossing Essential?
Flossing removes plaque and food particles from your teeth. You can not rely on tooth brushing alone.
Brushing your teeth only removes plaque from the visible tooth surface. Flossing is essential because it gets in the tight spaces between your teeth.
How to Floss Your Teeth Properly
Using the proper flossing technique will help you remove plaque successfully.
- To start, remove 18 inches of floss.
- Wrap most of it around one of your middle fingers.
- Wrap the rest on the other middle finger leaving a 2-inch2 inch section of floss to clean your teeth. This finger will take up the floss when it becomes dirty.
- Make the floss taut by pinching it between your thumbs and index fingers.
- Then carefully slide the floss gently between each tooth using a sawing motion. (Avoid snapping the floss between your teeth or you could bruise your gum tissue)
- Wrap the dental floss around the side of the tooth, making a C shape.
- Using a gentle rubbing motion, slide the floss back and forth across the tooth. Reach deep into the gum line.
- After each tooth, wrap the used floss on the middle finger with less floss. Then take a fresh section to clean the next tooth.
- Repeat the steps until all your teeth are clean.
Floss with clean hands to limit the transfer of bacteria into your mouth.
You can start anywhere, back teeth, front teeth, upper or lower.
If you wear braces, you may benefit from a floss threader. Floss threaders use the same principles above.
If you use an electric flosser, take extra care and be sure you know how to use it.
Is It Better To Brush First or Floss First?
There is no advantage to doing one first over the other. If you are following the proper flossing technique and do them both regularly, you will ensure good oral health.
What Type of Floss Should I Use?
There are many types of floss available, waxed, unwaxed, spongy floss, or dental tape. It doesn’t matter which you use as long as you floss correctly. So you can choose freely according to personal preference.
What If I Have Neglected My Teeth Beyond Repair?
Missing teeth caused by gum disease or tooth decay are usually a result of neglect in either brushing or flossing.
The surgeons at Rotary Way Oral Surgery can help replace missing teeth. The expert surgeons offer expert dental care such as dental implants to their patients throughout the communities in and around Vallejo, CA.
Implants are a good option to replace missing teeth as they look and feel like natural teeth as well as maintain natural function. Contact us now to make an appointment and see whether dental implants are for you.