Among many oral hygiene habits, flossing is one of them. Flossing removes food particles and debris stuck between teeth and helps in reducing bacteria and plaque. Plaque is a sticky film that forms over the teeth and gives birth to cavities and gum diseases.
Importance Of Floss
Daily flossing is an excellent method that has been proven to complement our daily brushing routine. Flossing is an essential weapon against plaque build-up, cavity, periodontal disease, and other dental problems. It can also help in increasing blood circulation in gums.
How Frequently Should You Floss?
Flossing should be done regularly, just like brushing, at least once every day. It is a simple activity and can be done while doing other activities. However, please do not attempt to floss your teeth while driving.
Techniques of Flossing
There are generally two standard methods to floss your teeth: the spool and loop methods.
The spool method is the most popular among people and is done in the following way:
- Break off about 18 inches of floss and wrap most of the string around both the middle fingers of your hands to hold it in place. This will help in picking up the floss as it gets dirty.
- Hold the string tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
- Move it between your teeth gently, but never snap the floss into the gums.
- When it reaches the gum line, curve the string into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it between the gum and tooth, but do not put too much pressure.
- Hold the floss one by one against all other teeth and gently move up and down. Do not forget to do this to the back of your teeth too.
The loop method is generally used for children or people with arthritis. The steps are almost identical, except the floss is round up in a loop around the whole tooth.
How To Floss With Braces?
Flossing with braces is a tricky step and may take more time than usual. Give yourself almost 10 to 15 minutes every day to floss your teeth. Use waxed floss as it will be less prone to breakage. Stand in front of a mirror and do the flossing to ensure it goes to the right area. Do the whole process very gently and move the floss in a U-shape.
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