Often people don't take much care with flossing, some even skip it completely, many think that brushing is sufficient. If that sounds like you, and you want to do a better job flossing, here are few tips to help you achieve your most brilliant smile.
Your toothbrush does a terrific job of cleaning the exposed surfaces of your teeth, but flossing is really the only way to remove the plaque and bacteria that builds up between the teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach.
If you’re not flossing regularly, then it’s time to start! Flossing will help improve your oral hygiene, and keep your breath fresh too.
If you already floss, but think you could be doing a better job at it, here are a few tips:
You might believe that you need to floss vigorously between every tooth, sawing up and down over and over with force. However this kind of flossing can cause damage to your gums. A gentle yet firm motion, moving up and down the sides of each tooth just a couple of times, should be more than enough to prevent plaque buildup.
Consider Flossing First
Flossing removes plaque and other bacteria from between your teeth. If some of those particles land on the exposed surfaces of your teeth, they may continue to damage your enamel. Brushing after flossing allows you to remove those particles, providing you with a more thorough cleaning. You might also consider brushing, then flossing, and finally rinsing with water and mouth wash.
Choose The Right Floss for You
There's a wide range of floss styles to choose from: waxed, unwaxed, thick, fine, ribbon, or comfort floss. There are also picks, water flossers, or pre-threaded flossers. Pick whichever product works best for your unique smile, and that you find easiest and most comfortable to use. The easier the flossing experience, the more likely you are to floss regularly. Your dentist can help you choose an option that works best for your smile and lifestyle.