In addition to brushing your teeth every day, flossing plays a pivotal role in maintaining optimal oral health. While brushing scrubs the surfaces of your teeth, it may not reach the gaps in between them. This leaves these areas susceptible to plaque growth. By flossing, you’re effectively removing bacteria from between these tight spaces in between your teeth, as well as caring for your gumline.
Regular flossing prevents dental issues from occurring down the road. Let's explore some more benefits of flossing below:
Flossing effectively eliminates food particles and bacteria, preventing them from accumulating and turning into plaque
Eliminates the bacteria that causes bad breath to help you stay feeling fresh
There are plenty of options when it comes to types of dental floss, each with their own characteristics. When choosing dental floss, you can consider things like your personal comfort, spacing between your teeth as well as any dental requirements you may have. Here are some common types of dental floss:
Select a dental floss that you’re comfortable with—whether waxed, unwaxed or floss picks for convenience
Cut an 18 to 24-inch piece of floss, wrapping the ends around your fingers, leaving a few inches for maneuvering
Hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers, creating a taut section to guide between teeth
Form a C-shape around each tooth with the floss, ensuring it reaches below the gumline. Glide the floss along the side of each tooth, moving in an up-and-down motion
As you continue to floss, unwind a clean section of floss for each tooth to prevent transferring bacteria between teeth
Pay special attention to the back teeth where plaque can accumulate. Utilize a gentle sawing motion to navigate the floss into these spaces
Be gentle on your teeth and gums, avoiding forceful or aggressive movements
After flossing, rinse your mouth with water to remove dislodged particles. Dispose of the used floss in a trash bin
Floss at least once daily, ideally before brushing your teeth, to maintain your best oral hygiene
It's best to floss daily before you brush your teeth. That way, you can dislodge and remove bacteria that’s hiding between teeth. By flossing first, it also allows you to clean spaces that are hard to reach with your tooth brush, like behind your molars.
After flossing, your brushing will be much more effective at cleaning your teeth and gums. Hello, fresh breath!
For optimal oral hygiene, we recommend flossing before brushing your teeth. By flossing first, you remove plaque and debris, making your brushing process more effective at cleaning your teeth and gums.
For effective flossing with braces, use a floss threader or orthodontic floss to navigate between wires and brackets. Gently slide the floss between each tooth and the arch wire, ensuring a thorough clean.
To floss properly, start with an 18-inch strand of dental floss and gently slide it between teeth. Next, form a 'C' shape around each tooth and clean both sides. Make flossing a daily habit to remove plaque and debris, promoting optimal oral health and a brighter smile.
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