Frequent flossing is one of the best ways to care for your teeth and gums. Why? Because this essential step is the only way to really get between your teeth, remove plaque and avoid bacteria buildup.
Even if you are brushing daily and going on your recommended dental check-ups for deep cleaning, you can achieve up to 40 percent of the job just by flossing.
Plaque acts very quick. It only takes about 48 hours for the buildup of bacteria in your mouth to start hardening and causing cavities. Once it’s too hard, it’s too late. You will then need to get professional help for cleaning, or risk worse such as periodontal disease and gum disease.
The Proper Way to Floss
When you floss, think about the places your toothbrush can’t easily reach: under your gums and between your teeth. Here is the proper technique for flossing: Use about 18 inches of floss, wound around each of your middle fingers. Holding the taut waxed string with the thumbs and index fingers, use a sliding motion to get it between your teeth.
As you come to the base of each tooth, try a gentle curving motion. Go slow, never forcing the floss around your teeth and gums. Your gums are delicate and can easily bruise and cut or bleed. Move the floss back and forth first downwards, then bring it back upwards the same way, and repeat around each teeth.
What Type of Floss Is Best?
The two types of floss on the market are nylon and PTFE floss. The former can be either waxed or unwaxed and is usually the cheaper option. It is made up of multiple strands of nylon, causing it to sometimes tear when used.
The monofilament floss, on the other hand, will not shred or break when used. It is usually better quality, with a higher price tag.
Whichever floss you prefer, take the time to floss properly, and regularly. A good flossing routine will save your dental health and give you great, healthy gums and teeth for life!
Remember, preventative care is often the best way to avoid more serious, and more costly, health issues.