Research shows that we are not flossing our teeth as much as we are brushing them. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), interdental cleaning practices such as flossing your teeth are important to maintain good oral health.
When you clean between teeth, it helps remove plaque from areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing and other similar practices prevent cavity and gum diseases. This blog post will explain why brushing and flossing aren’t alternatives to each, and the latter is equally important.
What Is Flossing? How Does it Differ from Brushing?
While a toothbrush helps clean the outer surface of your teeth, flossing focuses on areas between them where a toothbrush can’t reach. When we eat sticky and sugary foods, they tend to stick in between our teeth, and we may not even realize. Gradually, this can lead to many serious consequences. Flossing is the easiest and most common method to prevent this.
How to Floss?
Flossing the wrong way can damage your teeth and gums, and hence it is important to learn how to properly floss your teeth.
Ideally, you need 18 to 24 inches of dental floss. You can wind it around your middle fingers to hold it properly, leaving only 1 to 2 inches between your teeth. In the next step, you should use your thumbs and index fingers to move the floss up and down gently between two teeth. Make sure it stays away from your gums because it can potentially injure them.
When the floss reaches near your gums, you can curve the base’s floss, forming a C shape. This technique can help you clean the space between tooth and gums without damaging the latter. One by one, cover all your tooth and then rinse your mouth, preferably with an ADA-approved mouthwash.
There are some other alternatives that you may want to try if you hate flossing too much. For instance, some small interdental brushes are available in the market that can serve the same purpose. If you have braces, then using a Waterpik or a floss threader can be better alternatives to waxed floss.
When to Floss?
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