Flossing seems so easy, but many of us have a hard time getting it done. There are also several different types of floss. There is unwaxed and waxed floss, flavored floss, round and flattened floss. Should you wrap the floss around your fingers or use a wand? When should I floss? Those are questions people often ask about flossing.
The amount of floss that you are using is more important than the type. Everyone knows that brushing the teeth helps prevent cavities. Flossing is equally important. That is why there are several options when it comes to flossing. Everyone has different teeth and comfort levels. The spacing of your teeth determines how thick the floss needs to be. Floss comes in different flavors in order to make the activity more enjoyable.
It is essential that you learn the correct way to floss. Flossing removes bacteria that accumulates in between your teeth. If the bacteria is not removed, then it will turn to plaque. Plaque eventually turns to tartar. Only general and family dentists can remove tartar. Tartar can cause gingivitis, or mild gum disease.
Here is the correct way to floss. You will need about 18 inches of dental floss, a mirror and water or mouthwash. Keep in mind that it will be easier to slide the floss in between your teeth if it is waxed. If your teeth are widely spaced, then you may want to use tape floss.
Most of the dental floss should be wrapped around your index fingers. Only four inches of the floss should be left between your hands. Look in your mirror and gently move the floss back and forth between two teeth. Curve the floss around the one tooth and gently hit the gum line. Slide the floss underneath the gum and scrape down on the side of the tooth. Repeat the same process on the other tooth. Move to an adjacent area and change the area of the floss. Floss until you have cleaned all of your teeth.
General and family dentists recommend that you floss at least once a day. It may be better for you to floss before you brush because the floss can reach places that your toothbrush cannot. Many people prefer flossing at night because it leaves their mouth feeling clean before they go to bed. You should contact our general dentists if you have any questions about flossing. Our Charlotte NC dentists will also be happy to answer any other questions that you have about your dental health.