Flossing should be considered a vital part of your oral healthcare routine. That said, there’s a big difference between flossing the right way and flossing the wrong way. If you want to achieve the best possible results, here are just five tips to follow.
- Floss Before Brushing
You could floss after you brush or before you brush and still get good results, but it’s generally more beneficial to start with flossing. Why? Because flossing will remove plaque from between the teeth and get rid of any small food particles. When you start brushing your teeth, the foam from your toothpaste will get between your teeth and help protect those areas you just cleared of plaque and food debris. Finish by using mouthwash to wash everything away.
- Wrap Around Your Middle Fingers
Most people wrap their floss around their forefingers. This will let you reach towards the back of the mouth, but it’s actually a better idea to wrap floss around your middle fingers. With floss so positioned, you’ll be able to use your forefingers and thumbs to achieve finer control.
- Adopt a Zig Zag Motion
Another common issue people have is only moving their floss up and down. You should still go up and down, but you also want to pay attention to the gum-line – this is where most plaque and tartar will develop. Use a sawing motion towards the bottom of each tooth to remove as much as you can.
- Get Right to the Back
Flossing your front teeth is a lot easier than flossing your back teeth, but that shouldn’t be an excuse to skip going right to the back. The rear molars and wisdoms are already hard to hit properly with a toothbrush, so make sure you attend to them. It should help to start with the back teeth since your fingers won’t be as fatigued.
- Use the Right Amount
Don’t use the same section of floss to clean between different teeth – this will only mean transferring bacteria and food particles from one gap to the next. Let out a little more as you go prevent this from happening.