11 Step Guide To Flossing Your Teeth The Proper Way
It is important to distinguish the difference between flossing your teeth and brushing your teeth. Flossing your teeth will remove the leftover food, plaque and anything else that is stuck between your teeth. Brushing will remove food and plaque on the tooth and around the gum.
Brushing and flossing are both incredibly important and they should both be done in order to maintain a great oral hygiene.
- Pick a Dental Floss
Depending on what your local dentist or store (Shoppers) has available, you can pick between a couple options. They have waxed, unwaxed, flavoured and unflavoured dental floss. They will also carry Nylon Floss and PTFE floss, Nylon is thicker, and will not rip or break whereas PTFE is a single strand and is best for very tight spaces.
- Get The Right Amount
Depending on your finger size as well as what amount you feel comfortable with, you will need to pull the floss accordingly. If you have no idea, a general benchmark is somewhere between 18 to 24 inches.
- Wrap It Around Your Finger
Hold the floss with both hands, and with one hand wrap it around your index finger a couple of times. Now, do the same with the other hand. There should be about 4 inches of floss exposed in the middle.
- Start With Your Upper
It is easiest to start with your upper teeth. Typically your thumbs will help you push the floss up, but you don’t need to use them.
Start at one end and make your way to the other end. It is important that you are getting every single spot.
- Moving Carefully
Make sure to be very careful, this is not a process that you want to be aggressive with. Gently slide the floss up and down the tooth, get the gums, and make your way back down and to the next tooth. If you are too aggressive you will notice that your gum may bleed.
- The Gums
When you are near the gum area, dentists always say to make movements in a “C” motion.
- Unwind and Wind
Make sure that you are changing the part of the floss that you are using! Remember, we took out 18 inches for a reason!
When people start to floss, they often forget about the molars and the teeth nearest to the back of their jaw. These are the most important teeth to floss because your tooth brush does not get there as well as they get your front teeth, so if anything, these back teeth and molars need more attention when flossing.
- The Clean Up
Typically people will rinse there mouth out with water to get rid of any blood or the “floss” taste in their mouth. Make sure to throw away your floss string and do not reuse it, as that would cause more bacteria to enter your mouth.
- Floss Daily
We are so happy that you took the time to read this, and you are probably going to floss now, right? The trick of the game is too remember to do it every single day. It doesn’t work if you do it once a week, month, or year. You need to be trying your best to floss once daily.
- Pick a Dental Floss