Did you know that the best way to floss is to floss correctly? Flossing is an essential component of oral health, but it might be tough to know how to do it correctly. In this blog post, we will describe the best way to floss your teeth. First, we will explain the importance of flossing and how it benefits oral health. Then, we will provide a step-by-step explanation on how to properly floss. Finally, we will list additional flossing tips to help improve your flossing routine.
To Floss or Not to Floss…
…that is the question. Ask any dental professional and the answer is a resounding “to floss!” Flossing helps remove plaque and bacteria from teeth and gums that brushing alone cannot reach. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. When plaque is not removed, it hardens into tartar (calculus). This can happen 48 hours after plaque first forms on the surface of the teeth. Not only is tartar unsightly and unable to be removed by a toothbrush, it can also contribute to gum disease and tooth decay. This is why it is necessary to floss daily to ensure that as much plaque is removed as possible.
The Best Way to Floss Your Teeth
The first step in flossing correctly is to choose the right type of floss for your needs. There are many different types of floss on the market, so be sure to ask your dentist or hygienist for a recommendation. Once you have the right type of floss, you can move on to the next step.
The second step is to cut off a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long. This will give you enough floss to work with and will help avoid waste.
Once you have your piece of floss, the third step is to wind the extra floss around your middle fingers. Then, use your thumbs and index fingers to hold the floss so that you have about two inches of floss to work with.
The fourth step is to hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers and gently work it in between two teeth. Then, slide the floss up and down against each tooth, taking care not to smack the gums. When you reach the gums, you will then want to curve the floss into a C shape so that it can move into the space between the tooth and gums.
The fifth and final step is to repeat this process, being sure to use a clean section of floss for each tooth. This will help ensure that you are not re-introducing plaque and bacteria into your mouth. Also, don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth!
Additional Flossing Tips:
- Still struggling? Try using a water flosser. Water flossers are a great option for those who have trouble using traditional floss. They also work well for people with fixed oral appliances that can make flossing difficult.
- If you wear braces, be sure to ask your dentist or orthodontist what type of floss is best for you. There are special types of floss that are designed specifically for people with braces. For example, you may need a tool called a floss threader.
- Finally, be sure to floss at least once a day. Flossing daily keeps your teeth clean and minimizes bleeding gums. Starting and stopping, on the other hand, make your gums more likely to bleed.
Flossing correctly is an important part of oral health. By following the steps above, you can be sure that you are doing everything possible to keep your teeth and gums healthy. In addition, be sure to visit your dentist or hygienist regularly for professional cleanings and check-ups. They will be able to give you additional tips on how to improve your oral health routine.
Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry. He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.