Is There a Right Method of Flossing?

Is There a Right Method of Flossing?

Flossing is an essential oral hygiene practice. It cleans the food particles left between your teeth. Flossing helps to reduce the number of bacteria and plaque present in your mouth where toothbrushes can't reach. 

After brushing, it is essential to floss your teeth for better teeth and gums. It is more adequate to perform it at night before going to bed. Flossing helps to polish the tooth surfaces and decreases the threat to periodontal or gum disease.

How to Floss Properly

It is vital to floss correctly. Improper flossing leads to the damage of teeth and gums. Follow these steps to floss your teeth properly: 

  • Break a piece of floss about 18 inches long. Take most of the floss around the middle finger of both hands. Leave only 2 inches of floss to clean your teeth.
  • You can then use it to clean different areas of the mouth by using several varieties of the index and middle finger.
  • Next, place the floss gently into the space between the teeth. Glide the floss up and down the teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Do not break the floss into your gums. This leads to scratching of gums.
  • Curl the floss into a C shape once it reaches the gum line. This permits the floss to reach the space between gums and teeth.
  • Hold the floss tightly against each tooth. Shift the floss away from the gums, scraping the side of the tooth.
  • Repeat each of your teeth. It should be done all around the mouth. Also, one should not forget the backside of your last molar. Use a fresh neat section of floss for each tooth.

Benefits of Flossing Rightly

Flossing provides many health benefits that can help motivate us to do it every day. The following are its key benefits:

  • Flossing helps to eliminate bad breath caused by leftover food particles in the mouth.
  • Flossing helps in preventing plaque buildup.
  • Flossing reduces the risk of periodontitis that causes gum bleeding or recession.
  • It helps to achieve a whiter smile by reducing plaque formation.
  • It lowers the risks of stroke. 

The dentist at Arden Dental Center educates their patients about the types of different oral care products that help in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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