Flossing is an important and indispensable part of a thorough dental hygiene routine. Using this interdental cleaner is much better than brushing your teeth alone as it reduces your risk of oral infections and inflammation.
However, you need to make sure that you are flossing the right way to get maximum benefits.
In this article, Dr. Deirdre Pittman at Dental SPA in Sanford, Florida, explains the best way to floss.
The American Dental Association recommends that you floss once every day for optimal dental hygiene. However, studies say that just over 30% of people floss daily while almost 32% never floss.
Each tooth has five surfaces. With your toothbrush, you can reach only three of these. The two hidden surfaces are located close to the sides of the other teeth. This is where food easily gets trapped.
According to studies, when done properly and regularly, flossing helps lower the risk of dental caries, periodontitis, and tooth loss. Untreated bacteria can also enter your bloodstream and cause serious health conditions. Flossing regularly benefits your overall health too.
Whether you are new to flossing or have been doing it already, here are some easy tips on how to use dental floss correctly:
Break off a piece of around 18 inches of floss
Wind it around both your middle fingers leaving only about 1-2 inches of it to use on your teeth
Place it between two teeth and glide it up and down gently. Remember not to push it against your gums. This may bruise or scratch your gums.
Once it reaches your gums, curve the floss and slide it into the space between your gum and tooth. We recommend 6-8 strokes on each side of the tooth.
Repeat this process for all the teeth while switching to a fresh piece of floss each time you clean a new tooth
Once you have flossed all your teeth, rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash
Knowing the right time to floss helps you improve your oral health. It is recommended to floss first and then brush your teeth. Some people prefer to floss at night. This prevents food debris from staying in their oral crevices overnight.
If you have any questions about the correct method of flossing, schedule your appointment by calling (407) 330-3601. You can also visit Dental SPA at 205 Towne Center Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771.