Best Techniques For Flossing Your Teeth
Flossing your teeth is an important part of your daily dental hygiene routine. Many patients might not be excited by the idea of flossing, but it is extremely vital to keep your mouth healthy. Not only does it get out food and bacteria that have snuck in between your teeth during the day, but it also pulls out any bacteria that might be brewing within your gums.
While you should be proud of yourself for flossing, you should ask yourself, “Am I flossing the right way?” Flossing incorrectly not only means you are not getting all of the flossing benefits you should be earning, but you could be irritating your gums as well. This is what you should be doing.
The Right Way to Floss
Let’s start by looking at the right way to floss.
- Take about 16 to 20 inches of floss from the dispenser. Wind the majority of the floss on both middle fingers, with a one to two inch space between your fingers.
- Hold the floss between your pointer fingers and thumbs as you slide between your teeth. If you have a tight space, try curving the floss around one tooth instead of going straight down between the teeth.
- Once the floss is between the teeth, gently glide the floss between your teeth and your gums, making sure to hit both sides in between teeth.
- Rock the floss back and forth in order to get it out of tight spaces, but be careful to not accidentally slice your gums in the process.
- Unwrap the clean floss and rewrap/ remove the used floss to ensure that you are using a clean piece each time you go between two teeth.
- Floss carefully between all of your teeth, even teeth with crowns or other work that might lead you to believe that you do not need to floss them. All dental work needs to be flossed, just like natural and healthy teeth do.
Types of Floss
Did you know that there are many different flosses out there that you can choose from? Floss has evolved throughout the years, leaving us with multiple types of floss to use.
- Nylon: This is what the majority of dental flosses are made out of. You can usually choose between wax and unwaxed, but unwaxed is far easier to use.
- Woven: Woven floss more closely resembles thread or yarn. This is a thick type of floss that is incredibly effective. If you can use this type, you should. But it is so thick that many people cannot fit it between their teeth without it breaking so proceed with caution for tight spaces.
- Monofilament: The most expensive of the group, monofilament is sleek and easy to get between your teeth, even the tightest spaces.
When it comes down to it, flossing with any kind of floss is still better than not flossing at all, especially when you use proper technique. Keep up with the good work and you can look forward to a long future of good oral health.