If you want to have good oral health then you can’t forget flossing. Advice from the American Dental Association (ADA) states that you should floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing goes hand in hand with brushing your teeth, rinsing with mouthwash, and chewing sugar-free gum between meals. Doing so will contribute to good oral health. With that in mind let’s look at why flossing is so important and how we can perform the proper flossing technique?
Why Is Flossing Essential?
You cannot have good dental health without daily flossing. It’s a good idea to floss at the same time as you brush your teeth at night. These two actions will remove plaque from the surface of your teeth. Your toothbrush takes off plaque from the visible surfaces of your teeth and flossing removes it from in between your teeth. If you don’t remove plaque, over time it will build up and develop into tartar which causes gum disease. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss.
Food particles are also removed through flossing, reducing one cause of bad breath.
What Type of Floss Should I Use?
There are two types of dental floss on the market. Nylon floss or filament floss. Nylon floss can be found with a mint flavor. Filament floss is stronger than nylon floss and therefore less likely to snap or fray. However, you’ll likely pay more.
How to Floss The Right Way?
Only by following the proper flossing technique will you successfully remove plaque.
- Pull out a piece of dental floss about 18 inches long.
- Wrap it around your two index fingers or pinch it between your thumbs and index fingers, leaving a 2-inch section to clean your teeth.
- Carefully slide the floss between each tooth using a sawing motion. (Don’t let it snap between.)
- Wrap the dental floss around the tooth, making a C shape.
- Slide the floss back and forth across the tooth going down (or up) into the gum line.
- After each tooth, use a new 2-inch piece of floss to clean the next tooth.
- Continue the steps until all teeth are clean.
Floss with clean hands to reduce the transfer of bacteria into your mouth.
Is It Better To Brush First or Floss First?
You can choose whether to floss or brush first. The more important thing is that you use the proper flossing technique and that you do both of them regularly. This will increase the likelihood of achieving and maintaining good oral health. You should also have regular checkups with the dentist, at least twice a year. Further removal of plaque is done through deep cleaning during the visit.
What If I Have Neglected My Teeth Beyond Repair?
Missing teeth caused by gum disease or tooth decay are usually a result of neglect. The surgeons at Benicia Oral Surgery can help replace missing teeth. Operating from Benicia, CA, the expert surgeons offer expert dental care such as dental implants to their patients throughout the North Bay.
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