For excellent dental care at home, you need to treat flossing as crucial as brushing your teeth. It helps clean spaces between your teeth and under the gum lines.
Flossing is also necessary for destroying plaque colonies, preventing potential damage to the gum, teeth, and bones. You only have to do it once a day for optimum benefits.
Here is a proper flossing procedure:
- Break off around 12 to 16 inches of dental floss. Wind most of the floss around your middle fingers, leaving around 1 to 2 inches of the floss for the teeth.
- Hold the floss tight with your thumbs and your forefingers to guide it as you insert it between the teeth in a sawing motion.
- Gently move the floss up and rub it against either side of your teeth. Do not glide the floss on your gums as it can cause scratches or bruises to the gums.
- Curve the floss at the base of your tooth to form a C shape under the gumline. The curve allows the flows to penetrate the space between your gum and tooth. Ensure that the C shape is created against both teeth and is allowed to move up and down the side of both teeth.
- Repeat the process with every tooth and ensure that each tooth gets a clean new floss.
Flossing can be difficult sometimes, especially for children and adults with conditions like arthritis. In such cases, you can get a tool like ready-to-use dental flossers from any drug store to help you floss your teeth.
In some cases, irrigators such as a Waterpik will be recommended and essential to keep teeth and gums healthy.