Flossing is an essential part of proper oral heath care. While brushing your teeth is very important, the brush can’t reach every tooth surface in your mouth. That’s why floss is needed, so it can remove harmful plaque between the teeth. Practicing good flossing habits will prevent gum disease and dental decay.
Flossing can be difficult and recently there have been other kinds of interdental cleaners, such as special brushes and even the new flossing tool that is supposed to make flossing easier.
But if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on special floss tools or brushes – or especially pay for dental work because you don’t floss – just regular floss will do.
Here are some tips to make flossing easier and more enjoyable:
- First, break off about 18 inches of floss and wrap most of it around one of your middle fingers. The remaining floss should be wrapped around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger will wrangle in the dirty and used floss as you work around your mouth.
- Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers. Guild the floss between your teeth by using a gentle rubbing motion, and never slip the floss into your gums.
- When the floss does reach the gumline, curve the floss into a shape of a ‘C’. Then gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
- Rinse and enjoy a clean fresh mouth. Don’t forget to repeat this every day at least once!