How do I floss?

Flossing is a part of a daily dental health routine. And the benefits may not be as extensive as was once thought, flossing does a lot for your general mouth health. and here are some reasons why flossing is so important:

  1. Bleeding Gums Prevention - And in case you didn't notice that if you haven’t flossed in a while, the first time you do they often bleed? This is caused by gum diseases, which can worsen as time pass by. When you do it regularly, your gums will become stronger, and bleeding will be gone and that is what healthy gums are supposed to look like.
  2. Getting That Hard to Reach Food and Bacteria - Every food consumption we usually collect bacteria in the crevices between our teeth. And brushing alone isn’t enough to remove all of these, flossing allows us to get in the hard-to-reach space and remove much more of these harmful elements within.
  3. Avoiding Gingivitis - Flossing regularly played a big part in removing the bacteria and plaque, it’s also important to prevent gum diseases like gingivitis. and it is quite common, flossing is the best way to keep it at bay, and prevent further problems.

Online Resources

Proper Flossing (ADHA)
How to Floss – Flossing Tips (Colgate)

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In addition to proper brushing, flossing is extremely important because it removes plaque and food particles under the gumline and between your teeth. These are places your toothbrush cannot reach.

Measure out approximately eighteen inches of floss, and wind it around your middle fingers to leave about two inches of floss between them. Using your thumbs and index fingers, keep the tension on the floss taut and slide it between your teeth. Move the floss all the way below the gumline, but don't force or snap the floss because it can damage your gum tissue. Use a see-saw motion as you move the floss in order to dislodge particles, and use a clean section of floss as you advance from one tooth to another. Don't forget to floss the backsides of your rear-most teeth (molars).

The information below may help you learn how to floss well.

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