What is the Best Way to Floss?

What is the Best Way to Floss

Flossing is an essential part of oral health and should not be skipped! If you’re like most people, you probably don’t floss as often as you should. Flossing is one of the most important things that you can do for your oral health, but it’s also one of the most commonly skipped tasks. Flossing helps remove plaque and bacteria from teeth and gums, which can cause cavities and gum disease. In this blog post, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to floss your teeth properly. We will also include some additional tips to make flossing easier for you.

The Importance of Flossing

Flossing is important because it helps remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, saliva, and bacteria that forms on your teeth. If plaque is not removed, it can harden into tartar, which is more difficult to remove. Bacteria in plaque can cause cavities and gum disease. Flossing helps prevent these problems by removing plaque and bacteria from teeth and gums.

How to Floss Your Teeth Properly

When it comes to flossing, it is not only important to floss daily. It is just as important to floss properly. In fact, flossing your teeth correctly is the best way to floss your teeth. Here is how to floss properly:

Step One:

Choose the right type of floss for you. There are many different types of floss available, so it’s important to choose one that is comfortable for you to use. If you have difficulty using traditional floss, there are many alternative options available, such as pre-strung flossers and water flossers. If you are unsure about what type of floss to choose, talk with your dentist.

Step Two:

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Start with a clean piece of floss. It’s important to start with a clean piece of floss so that you don’t reintroduce bacteria into your mouth. You will need to break off a piece of floss that is  about 18 inches in length. This makes sure you have enough floss for the proper technique.

Step Three:

To position the floss, start by wrapping the loose ends of the floss around your middle fingers. Then use your index fingers and thumbs to hold a two inch section of floss. This will be the section that you use.

Step Four:

Gently insert the floss section between your teeth, using a back-and-forth motion. Be careful not to snap the floss into your gums. Curve the floss around the base of your tooth and use a gentle up-and-down motion to clean the sides of your tooth. Curving the floss into a C shape at the base of your tooth is important because it allows the floss to slide between the teeth and gums to remove plaque and bacteria.

Step Five:

Repeat the process on all of your teeth, using a two inch clean section of floss for each tooth. Don’t forget the very back molars!

Additional Flossing Tips

If you still find yourself struggling with your flossing routine, here are some other flossing tips that can help:

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-Use waxed floss: Waxed floss is easier to slide between teeth and is less likely to shred. However, waxed floss is also slightly thicker than normal floss and may not work for people with crowded teeth.

-Floss before bed: Flossing before bedtime ensures that your mouth is clean throughout the night. Flossing before you brush also allows the fluoride from the toothpaste to coat in between your teeth.

-Rinse with water: Rinse your mouth with water after you finish flossing to remove any plaque or bacteria that you may have missed. You can also rinse with a fluoride mouthwash.

-Try a water flosser:  Water flossers are a great alternative to traditional floss. Water flossers shoot a stream of water between teeth and can be easier to use for people with braces or other dental devices.

-Try a floss threader:  A floss threader is a small, flexible piece of plastic that you can use to thread floss under dental devices. This can be helpful for people with braces or other dental devices, such as permanent bridges.

In Conclusion

In this blog, we have gone over the importance of flossing, how to floss your teeth properly, and additional tips to make flossing easier. We hope that this blog post has provided you with the information you need to start flossing your teeth properly. Remember, flossing is an important part of oral health and should not be skipped! If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with your dentist. Thanks for reading!  Floss on!

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Dr. Alina Huang has been practicing dentistry in Manhattan for the last eight years. She was born in New York City, and raised in California where she received her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and her D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She then made her return to NYC where she completed her General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and has been working in private practice ever since. She continues her learning by attending courses to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry and refine her skills.