How to Floss your teeth
Teeth flossing is an important part of your teeth and gums good oral hygiene. Flossing removes plaque, food particles and bacteria that otherwise remains of your teeth, even after brushing your teeth twice a day.
More importantly, when you skip flossing, you miss a side of the tooth surface, leaving all that bacteria to grow. Bacteria on your teeth turn to plaque and within 24 to 36 hours plaque turns into tartar (known as calculus).
Benefits of flossing your teeth
It is common for people to assume that teeth flossing is ineffective or unnecessary. That makes it difficult to get a regular routine. When beginning flossing routine your gums may bleed at first, however it is a normal reaction of your gums to new, introduced routine. It should stop to bleed within the first couple of week of daily flossing.
Skipping brushing and flossing can lead to tooth decay, gum diseases, dental cavities and overall health issues. Gum disease has been linked to other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and high body mass index.
Another reason to include teeth flossing in your regular routine is to avoid bad breath. Food left between your teeth can make teeth look less clean or white.
How many times a day should you floss your teeth?
We recommend flossing once a day. Unlike teeth brushing, which recommended twice a day, flossing can be done once a day for good oral hygiene. Try combining it with your other regular routines to make it more frequent, consider flossing when watching your favourite TV show.
Another good habit is to put a floss near your toothbrush but not inside the cabinet or your toothbrush holder, somewhere visible and readily available just before your brush your teeth.
Do you floss before or after you brush your teeth?
A common question we get is when do you use dental floss, before or after brushing your teeth? The best routine to establish is to floss before your brush.
The reason behind it is simple, you get food particles, clean sides of your teeth and then use a toothbrush to clean other teeth surfaces. Flossing is more important then people realize, and once established, a good routine can be the sole difference in preventing gum disease as well as other expensive dental procedures.
Prevention is always the best way of looking at your overall health, not just oral care.
How do I floss my teeth?
Let's look at how can we floss and take care of our gums and teeth.
Take a floss approximate length distance from your hand to your shoulder. (approximately 8 - 10 inches of floss).
Wrap both end of your floss on your middle fingers on both hands, leaving a gap approximately two (2) inches.
Use your index fingers to guide floss between your teeth.
Slide the floss between your teeth and form a "C" shape against one tooth and slide it back and forth. Then repeat for the other tooth side. If you have dental crowns, dental implants or bridges, you can release one side from your finger and pull dental floss through instead of pulling it up.
Do not forget the back sides of your last molars (last teeth).
Keep moving to a new part of your floss as it wears and keeps food particles.
Now you are ready to brush your teeth.