How to Floss Properly

Flossing prevents gum disease, plaque, bad breath, and tooth decay by getting rid of debris and bacteria that a toothbrush or mouthwash can’t reach. You should floss once per day to keep your teeth healthy and increase blood circulation in your gums. It only takes a few minutes, and you can take care of it while you relax on your sofa or watch TV. Here are the steps you should take when you floss your teeth.

Choose a Type of Floss You Like

There are many types of floss available, including products with or without wax, dental tape, and thinner comfort floss. You can also use a floss holder or pick to reach your back teeth more easily. Choose a fun floss flavor like coffee, bacon, or absinthe. You can also use flavorless floss or a more common flavor like mint or cinnamon.

FlossingUse Plenty of It

You should use about 18 inches of floss every time you clean your teeth. Wind the ends of the floss around one finger on each hand and hold the floss tightly between your fingers. Guide the floss between your teeth with a gentle rubbing motion, and move it against the sides of each tooth.

Don’t Spread Bacteria

You should use a new section of floss in the space between each tooth. That way, you can keep bacteria from spreading and fight cavities more effectively. Make sure you don’t snap or press the floss into your gums because it could cause bleeding, irritated gums, or even infections. If you just started flossing regularly, some bleeding is normal. However, you should see your dentist if it lasts for more than a week or two.

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