How to floss your teeth?

Older mna flossing teeth in front of the mirror, with text - Stanislaus, CAFlossing is an essential task whilst caring for your oral health. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you floss your teeth at least once a day. Flossing together with brushing your teeth, rinsing with mouthwash, and chewing sugar-free gum between meals are practices that will contribute to good oral health. Why is flossing so important and what is the proper flossing technique? Read on to learn more.

Why Is Flossing Essential?

Caring for your dental health requires daily flossing.  It’s recommended that you floss at the same time as you brush your teeth at night. Doing both will remove plaque from the surface of your teeth. Your toothbrush will remove plaque from the visible surfaces of your teeth and flossing removes it from in between.

It’s important that you floss to remove plaque because it can build up over time and develop into tartar which causes gum disease. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Flossing will also remove food particles from your mouth limiting the causes of bad breath.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you floss your teeth at least once a day

What Type of Floss Should I Use?

You may be able to buy two types of dental floss. Nylon floss or filament floss. You may find nylon floss with a mint flavor. Filament floss is stronger than nylon floss. However, it’s usually more expensive.

How to Floss The Right Way?

It’s important that you follow the proper flossing technique to remove plaque.

  • Take a piece of dental floss about 18 inches long.
  • You can either wrap it around your two index fingers or pinch it between your thumbs and index fingers, leaving a 2-inch section to work with.
  • Carefully slide the floss between each tooth using a sawing motion. (Don’t let it snap between.)
  • Curve the dental floss around the tooth, making a C shape.
  • Slide the floss across the surface of the tooth going down (or up) into the gum line.
  • When you finish cleaning each tooth, use a new 2-inch piece of floss to clean the next tooth.
  • Continue the steps until all teeth are clean.

Wash your hands before you floss. This will reduce the transfer of bacteria into your mouth.

It’s important that you floss to remove plaque because it can build up over time and develop into tartar which causes gum disease

Is It Better To Brush First or Floss First?

It doesn’t matter whether you floss or brush first. What’s more important is that you use the proper flossing technique and that you do them both regularly. Only then you’re likely to see good oral health. Regular visits to the dentist, twice a year are also important. Apart from overall dental checks they can remove plaque through deep cleaning.

What’s more important is that you use the proper flossing technique and that you do them both regularly

What If I’ve Neglected My Teeth Beyond Repair?

Missing teeth caused by gum disease or tooth decay are usually a result of neglect. The surgeons at Stanislaus Oral Surgery can help replace missing teeth. Operating from Modesto, CA, the expert surgeons offer expert dental care such as dental implants to their patients throughout the area. Implants are a good option to replace missing teeth as they look and feel like natural teeth as well as maintaining natural function. Contact us now to make an appointment and see whether dental implants are for you.

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