Are You Flossing Correctly?
Posted by PREMIER DENTAL GROUP HI on Apr 29 2021, 10:54 AM
6 Step Guide to Floss in the Right Way
Good oral hygiene is very important in maintaining a healthy set of teeth. Dentists worldwide suggest some good oral habits that one needs to follow to achieve a state of good oral health. One such habit is flossing. Though many people floss their teeth every day, a huge number of people still do not floss their teeth.
What Is Flossing?
Flossing helps remove food that gets stuck between your teeth, hence helping reduce the buildup of bacteria and plaque on your teeth. Note that the formation of plaque on the teeth is the primary cause of cavities and gum diseases.
Just flossing the teeth every day is not enough to have good oral health; it has to be done correctly. Improper flossing can also damage your teeth and gums. If you’re wondering how to floss the right way, this article will show you.
How Do I Floss Correctly?
Here is a step-by-step guide for flossing your teeth:
- Cut a length of floss 18 to 24 inches long, which will help you hold the floss correctly and comfortably.
- Wind the floss around both of your middle fingers, making sure that you keep a hold of most of the floss. Leave about an inch or two of floss for use on your teeth.
- Then, hold the floss taut with the help of your thumbs and index fingers.
- Gently place the dental floss in between your teeth and slowly glide the floss up and down. Then rub the floss against both sides of each tooth. Note that gliding the floss into your gum could bruise and damage your gum.
- As the floss reaches your gums, curve the floss at the base of the tooth to form the shape of C. This helps the floss to enter the space between your gum and your tooth.
- When you’re done with one tooth, repeat the steps with the other teeth using a different section of the floss for each tooth.
- Though brushing and flossing are considered good oral habits, if you don't properly brush and floss your teeth, it might damage your teeth and health. So, floss and brush your teeth correctly.
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