Have you ever been shown how to floss?
Believe it or not there is a flossing technique that has been used to properly remove plaque from between the teeth.
When we eat or drink we introduce bacteria into our mouths. That bacteria accumulates on and in between the teeth. The toothbrush can do a great job removing that plaque from everywhere it can reach. Unfortunately, the toothbrush is too big to reach between the teeth. If this is the only method of home plaque removal then the bacteria between the teeth will grow, harden, and attach to the tooth making it impossible for brushing or flossing to remove it. This is known as tartar or calculus. Calculus and plaque can be very harmful to the gums and the bone that hold the teeth in the mouth. They can cause irreversible damage. We never want to see that happen to you.
Below is a 5 step process to teach you how to effectively floss to remove harmful bacteria from in between the teeth. If you would like an in person demo of this, do not hesitate to ask your hygienist at your next recare appointment.
5 Steps to a Flawless Floss
We know we should floss at least once a day, but not everyone knows the right way to do it. Use this step-by-step guide to find out 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. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty.|
|Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.|
|Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Never snap the floss into the gums.|
|When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.|
|Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up and down motions. Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth. Don’t forget the back side of your last tooth.|
Once you’re finished, throw the floss away. A used piece of floss won’t be as effective and could leave bacteria behind in your mouth.