A Guide to Flossing your Teeth

One of the essential parts of the oral health care is flossing. Flossing at least once a day is advised by the American Dental Association, this helps a person achieve an optimal oral health. By making flossing a habit, you will be able to remove plaque in between your teeth and any hard to reach areas for toothbrush. This is quite essential given that if you fail to remove plaque through brushing, they can become harder since they eventually develop into calculus or tartar. You can also steer clear from gum problems and cavities through flossing.

When can you floss the best time? Before brushing or after?

Choose the best time of the day when you can put extra minutes to your oral hygiene. People who often have tiresome and hectic schedules at day time would end up exhausted at the end of the day. So, flossing in the morning or after eating lunch would benefit them.

Flossing does not only concerns older ones but the younger ones of course.  With that, you should floss the teeth of your child more often as long as his or her teeth touch each other. Flossing requires more manual skill that young children don’t have. Younger ones aren’t able to floss in between their teeth properly until they reach the age of 10 or 11.

Bear in your mind that flossing should not be done in a painful way. You might feel uneasiness and discomfort when it’s your first time to try flossing, but don’t get discouraged. With regular brushing and flossing, that discomfort will be eased in just a week or two. Seek the assistance of your dentists if the pain persists.

If you think it’s hard for you to floss your teeth, try using another flossing method. Using another type of interdental cleaner like wooden plaque remover, pre-threaded flosser or dental pick may be the best options of those who can hardly floss their teeth. To avoid gum injuries, talk to your dentist about the proper way of using them. You would even try to use another type of dental floss such as those that are waxed, unwaxed, thick or comfort floss. Adopt a healthy habit for life by sticking with it.

You can start using the dental floss by winding the remaining floss around your finger of your opposite hand. This finger will become dirty while it takes up the floss. After that, hold the floss very tight between your thumbs and forefingers. Apply a gentle rubbing motion in guiding the floss between your teeth. Avoid snapping the floss into your gums.

Upon reaching the floss to the gum line, let it curved into a C shape against a single tooth. Then slide it gently into the area in between the gum and the tooth.

Tightly hold the floss against the teeth. Rub the side of the tooth very gently then move the floss from your gum with up and down motions. Do this method daily on every tooth and don’t forget to reach the back side of your tooth located in the last side.