Benefits of Flossing Teeth
Why Should I Floss My Teeth?
Flossing is a vital activity for keeping teeth clean, and can significantly reduce the chances of tooth decay and gum disease. There are lots of benefits of Flossing Teeth.
How to properly floss your teeth:
- Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand
- Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers
- Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion
- When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a “C” shape against one tooth and gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth
- Repeat this procedure for each tooth using a fresh part of the floss, and don’t forget to floss behind your last tooth
If you have trouble flossing or are uncomfortable flossing, your dentist to show you the proper technique, suggest aids and offer tips on flossing.
How Often Should You Floss Your Teeth?
We recommend flossing at least once a day to remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach. The main benefits of flossing are that it prevents cavities and gum disease.
Flossing your teeth should not be painful. You may experience discomfort and a small amount of bleeding when you first start your flossing regimen, but with daily flossing and brushing the discomfort should subside within a couple of weeks. If the pain persists, consult your dentist.