- Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day, and floss once a day to protect your teeth from tooth decay and gum disease
- Flossing allows you to clean the small spaces in between your teeth where food debris can get stuck, and where bacteria can hide
- You can floss the side of your teeth gently by rubbing it with an upward and downward motion
- Use 18 inches of floss and wrap both ends on your middle fingers so you can rub it firmly in between your teeth
Dentists recommend that aside from brushing two times a day, each of us should also floss daily to help keep teeth and gums healthy. Flossing allows you to clean the minute spaces in between your teeth where the bristles of your toothbrush cannot reach. Food can easily get stuck in this area, and bacteria can also thrive here. This is also why flossing is also important when it comes to preventing gum disease.
To floss your teeth, you can do the following steps:
- Cut around 18 inches of floss
- Wrap both middle fingers with each end of the floss
- Use one of your middle fingers to wrap the rest of the floss until only a few inches is left
- Hold the floss tightly with both thumbs and forefingers on each end, leaving an inch of floss in the middle
- Gently floss in between your teeth
- Put the floss gently on the side of your tooth
- Rub it gently and move it up and down while you press against each tooth
- Do this for the rest of your teeth especially your back teeth
There are a lot of other products that your dentist can recommend in lieu of an ordinary floss. These devices can be used by those who have braces, or those who find it hard to use an ordinary floss. You can opt to buy products like the plaque remover, or the flosser. These products can help protect your teeth and gums, but you might want to ask your dentist first before you buy them so you can get maximum protection for your teeth. Always ask your dentist if you have problems with your teeth or with flossing.