What You Need to Know About Flossing

All dentists recommend their patients floss between their teeth to prevent plaque build-up. But a recent survey found that 25 percent of adults lie to their dentist about their flossing habits. Don’t fib, just learn all the flossing facts!

  1. Flossing gets into the gaps that toothbrush bristles simply cannot effectively clean. Between the teeth and under the gum line needs to be thoroughly cleaned as the food remaining there will rot and can cause tooth decay, plaque and bad breath.
  1. An efficient piece of floss should measure between eighteen and twenty inches long. Twist the ends around your middle fingers before beginning and use a new piece of floss for each tooth.
  1. If gums begin to bleed, this means teeth aren’t being flossed regularly, or are being flossed improperly. Your dentist can advise the correct technique. Otherwise, ensure you do not snap the floss into gums and curve it around each tooth, scraping away any debris as you go.
  1. Flossing before you brush your teeth is said to help the fluoride in your toothpaste better reach between teeth. It is most beneficial to floss once you are done eating for the day, so before sleeping.
  1. There are many different types of floss, including nylon and waxed varieties. Nylon floss easily tears but squeaks against teeth, notifying the flosser that the tooth is clean. Meanwhile, the waxed version slides between teeth effortlessly. Experiment with the different types and choose the right floss for you.

They say that brushing your teeth without flossing is like washing 70 percent of your body. So keep (or begin) to floss daily and continue to visit your dentist regularly for a complete oral health check.

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