A More Efficient Flossing Technique

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The average person may have a basic understanding of flossing, but few people floss properly. Few people will properly floss when they are half-asleep at night, attempting to clean their teeth before hitting the hay. While the interest in flossing tips is certainly sincere, implementing the advice is the challenge. If you are not flossing properly, the time to do so is now.

FOLLOW THESE FLOSSING TIPS TO KEEP YOUR MOUTH IN TIP-TOP SHAPE.

INVEST AT LEAST A COUPLE MINUTES IN A THOROUGH FLOSSING

Most people who visit the dentist will receive some sort of constructive criticism or at least general feedback on their flossing. Just about everyone dreads flossing yet it is just as important if not more important than brushing. There is a common thread amongst dentists’ advice when it comes to flossing: This is not the type of activity you should rush through.

Rather, you should invest at least a couple minutes in a thorough flossing that cleans out as much food particles and bacteria from your mouth as possible. Give yourself at least a full five minutes for your morning and nightly mouth-cleaning routines. Do not wait until you are exhausted to floss. If you are overly-tired, you will rush through the flossing process and leave food/bacteria on your teeth.

USE A LONG PIECE OF FLOSS

Your floss should measure about 20 inches in length. Wind it around your index finger and thumb. Move a distinct part of the floss between each of your teeth and gums to ensure you do not leave bacteria, food particles or any other debris behind.

FLOSSING TIPS: BRUSH GENTLY

Guide the floss in a gentle manner between your teeth and gums. Do not snap the floss into the gums. Move the floss in a “C” shape between the bottom of the teeth and the gum line. If you are too rough, your gums might bleed. If you wiggle the floss around, do so in a careful manner.

LET THE FLOSS RUB AGAINST THE TEETH

Give the floss a chance to clean the teeth as you move it in the “C” shape. Allow the floss to hug the sides of the teeth. Move up, down and in the spaces between the gums. Repeat this motion for each tooth across the entirety of the mouth. Do not forget to floss the back sides of the teeth way in the back of your mouth.

FLOSSING SHOULD BE PERFORMED AT A HIGH FREQUENCY

Ideally, you will floss your teeth after each meal. This way, you will not give food particles a chance to wear away at tooth enamel and compromise the gums. If possible, floss your teeth after breakfast, lunch and dinner. Otherwise, be sure to perform a thorough flossing at least once each evening after you have finished eating.

NO TWO BRANDS OF FLOSS ARE THE SAME

Try different types of floss to determine which is ideal for your unique oral health needs. Try thick, thin, unwaxed, waxed, mint-flavored and so on. Give each a chance and you will eventually find the perfect floss for your needs and preferences.

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