Flossing: Are You Doing It Right?

When was the last time you flossed? If you can still remember flossing right after you brushed your teeth this morning or a little after you finished lunch, then you are doing it right. But if you can no longer remember the last time you flossed or haven’t tried it at all, then you are missing out on an excellent opportunity to keep your teeth white and your gums healthy.

Like regular brushing, flossing has become one of the most recommended forms of dental hygiene practice that dentists tell their patients about. It’s like the combination of the brushing, and the flossing has a substantial effect on the overall dental health of the patient. Without one or the other, the patient can develop numerous dental problems that over time could lead to tooth loss if not severe gum problems.

But no matter how much you floss if you are not doing it right, then there is no use it. So here is the step by step process on how to do it:

Step 1: Take about 18 inches of floss and break it. Wind it around the middle finger of each hand. Hold on to the floss with the thumb and the forefinger on each finger. Make sure you have a tight grip to avoid it from slipping and falling off.

Step 2: Slowly, guide the floss in between your teeth. Move it in a gentle rubbing motion. Make sure to remove all the food particles that may be stuck between your teeth.

Step 3: When the floss reaches the gum line, slowly curve it to form a C shape against one tooth. Then, move it from the space between the tooth and gums. This is to help avoid damaging the gums while flossing.

Step 4: Bring the floss back toward the contact point between the teeth and move it in an up and down movement. Remember to conform the floss to the form of your teeth. It’s the only way it can help clean the teeth.

Step 5: Repeat this method with the rest of your teeth, and you’ll have it clean in no time. This process may take longer than regular brushing, but it will indeed help save the teeth and gums from unwanted oral health care risks.

With these steps, you can take care of your teeth and gums in the best way possible.