Many people don’t take enough care with flossing, or don't bother with it at all, because they think brushing is sufficient. If that’s you, and you want to do a better job flossing, here are few tips that will help.
Your toothbrush is great for cleaning the exposed surfaces of your teeth, but flossing is really the best way to remove the plaque and bacteria that builds up between them, where your toothbrush can’t reach.
If you don't floss regularly, it’s time to start! It will help improve your oral hygiene, your breath, too.
If you already floss, but want to do a better job of it, here are a few tips:
You may think that you have to floss vigorously between every tooth, sawing up and down over and over. This kind of flossing can actually cause damage to your gums. Use a gentle yet firm motion, moving up and down the sides of each tooth just a couple of times. This should be more than enough to prevent plaque buildup.
Consider Flossing First
Flossing removes plaque and other bacteria from between your teeth. When some of those particles land on the exposed surfaces of your teeth, they can continue to damage your enamel. Brushing after flossing allows you to brush away those particles, potentially providing you with a more thorough cleaning. Or, you can brush, then floss, and finally rinse with water and mouth wash for a similar effect.
Choose The Right Floss for You
There are many floss styles to choose from: thick, fine, waxed, unwaxed, ribbon, or comfort floss. There are also picks, water flossers, and pre-threaded flossers. Choose whatever product works best for your unique smile, and that you find easiest and most comfortable to use. The easier the experience, the more likely you are to floss regularly. Your dentist can help you choose an option that works best for your smile and lifestyle.