Flossing is an important technique that should be performed at least once a day, but many people ignore the floss as they open and close their bathroom drawers. This needs to be changed, and we understand that people refrain from flossing because they do not understand the process or the importance of the technique, which is why we are happy to provide the following answers to your many flossing questions.
When is the best time to floss?
As long as you floss at least once a day, it does not matter what time you floss. Many people like to floss right before bed because they like sleeping with a clean mouth. This is the most common time because it cleans all of the food from their teeth before they go to bed, but if you would rather floss right after lunch or first thing in the morning, that works as well!
What can I use to floss?
There are many options to consider when flossing. Dental floss, dental picks, pre-threaded flossers, small brushes that successfully clean between teeth, water flossers, or wooden plaque removers are all great choices. There are two common types of floss, which are nylon and PTFE. Nylon floss is available waxed and unwaxed and it is known to come in a variety of flavors. Because the floss is made of nylon, it tends to tear or shred while you floss. PTFE is a more expensive type of floss that slides easily between your teeth without shredding.
How do I floss?
Start with 18 inches of floss and wrap most of the floss around each pointer finger. Leave about an inch or two available between your two fingers. Then, use your thumbs and index fingers and slide the floss between your teeth, gently moving it up and down along the sides of your teeth. Next, gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth and move it back and forth. Make sure you do so beneath the gumline but be gentle while you work under and around the gums. Repeat this process between each tooth and remember to use a new section of floss as you proceed from tooth to tooth.
Why is flossing important?
Flossing is extremely important because it eliminates the plaque from your smile. If you do not remove the plaque daily, your oral cavity is vulnerable to gum disease and tooth loss.
If you have additional questions that need answers, please call our office today. We are happy to help you!