Most Effective ways to Floss
We all know it is important to brush our teeth. It helps to promote oral hygiene, but brushing alone cannot reach the surface between your teeth and under your gum line- this is where flossing become useful.
Flossing is a tooth-cleaning technique that uses a small piece of thread-like material, called floss, to clean these hard to reach areas. It helps to remove sticky bacteria, or plaque which generates acid that can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and lead to gum disease.
What are the types of floss available?
There are different types of floss available out there. The main thing that determines the effectiveness is your flossing technique. The types of floss available are:
Regular floss: This is the traditional type of string floss. It comes in various types which are waxed floss, unwaxed floss, mint flavored floss, and many more. The only difference between the waxed and unwaxed floss is that the waxed floss slides in and out of your teeth a bit easier than unwaxed floss.
Floss Picks: This is the most popular floss out there. They hold the floss for you, which makes it very convenient since you only have to use one hand but they are not as effective as regular floss. Floss picks do not allow you to reach all the angles that a regular floss can.
Oral Irrigators: This is also known as the dental water jet. It uses a stream of pulsating water to remove plaque and particles between teeth. It does not only remove plaque, but it also improves your gingival health. The machine has a water reservoir that connects to a device resembling a toothbrush.
When do we floss?
It is recommended by the American Dental Association to clean between your teeth once a day. Cleaning between your teeth helps remove a sticky film called plaque.
When plaques are not removed by brushing and cleaning between your teeth, they can eventually harden into a rough substance called tartar. To avoid this, it is important to keep a proper oral hygiene.
Now that we know when to floss, what is the best technique to floss properly?
Flossing is quite easy, but it is important to understand the technique involved so as to get the desired result. To floss properly, follow these tips or techniques:
- Gather about 18 inches of floss and wind it around your two middle fingers, leaving a couple inches to floss with
- Slide the floss gently up and down between your teeth
- Curve the floss in a “C” shape around each tooth, and be sure to go below your gum line. Don’t apply too much force though, because that can damage your gums and cause bleeding
- Use a new section of floss as plaque/food debris builds up
Flossing should be a routine activity for you daily as this is one way to achieve a proper oral hygiene.