How to Use Dental Floss Effectively
Date: October 18, 2012 Richard Jones

Proper tooth brushing and regular visits to the dentist are essential in achieving (and maintaining) good dental health. Eating a balanced diet and avoiding the consumption of food and drinks that have high sugar content will also go a long way in ensuring that your dental health is kept at an optimum level. The use of dental floss is another essential step in the quest for healthy teeth and gums – and it is important to know how to properly and effectively floss teeth, so you can get the most benefits out of your preferred dental floss product.

Effective Dental Floss Use

  • Choose dental floss according to your specific needs – you can ask your dentist for recommendations regarding this. For example: if there are very tight spaces between your teeth, you will have to take this into consideration when choosing dental floss.
  • Dispense about 18 inches (about an arm’s length) of dental floss before you brush your teeth. Wind most of the floss length around your middle fingers, but make sure that you leave about one or two inches of floss to work with.
  • Firmly and tautly hold the floss between your index fingers and thumbs, and gently glide the floss in between teeth using a sawing motion – by slowly moving the floss up and down the space.
  • Carefully slide the dental floss against the surface of the tooth, and then gently angle or curve the floss to go slightly below the gum line (at the base of the tooth). Slide the floss upwards and downwards to clean the tooth surface. After completing this step, position the floss so it is now against the other tooth (the one on the other side of the tooth that has just been flossed), and do the same procedure.
  • Make sure not to snap the floss while sliding it up and down the tooth surface, to avoid bruising the delicate gum tissue.
  • As you move on to flossing a new tooth, continuously use a clean portion by unwinding the length from your fingers. Proceed with flossing all your teeth in the upper and lower arches.
  • Try to use dental floss before every tooth brushing, to remove food particles and debris stuck in between teeth.

Do you regularly use dental floss? Is it convenient for you to floss your teeth before tooth brushing? Please LEAVE A REPLY below, and share your experiences and comments with us!

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