Brushing your teeth daily may seem like a no-brainer, but why do most people’s oral hygiene routines stop there? One of the main reasons why people do not floss as regularly as they brush is simply because they don’t know how to properly. Flossing is an important oral hygiene habit and it’s up to you to stay on top of your oral health and maintain your pearly whites!
Why should I floss?
Flossing is a critical hygiene habit that not only cleans and dislodges food particles stuck between your teeth, it also reduces the amount of bacteria and plaque in your mouth, that can cause cavities and gum disease.
How do I floss properly?
- Break off 18 inches of dental floss.
- Stand in front of a mirror.
- Twist the floss around each middle finger. Be sure to leave an inch or two of floss to work with.
- Pull the floss taut between your thumbs and index fingers.
- Slide gently up and down, between your teeth.
- Carefully, sweep the floss around the base of each tooth/gum line.
- Adjust along the piece of floss to use clean sections for in between each tooth. Reusing dental floss can redistribute bacteria to other parts of your mouth, even if you rinse it.
- Gently remove the floss from in between your teeth using the same back-and-forth motion used to bring the floss towards the gumline.
- To dispose of dental floss, roll it into a ball and put it into the trash.