How to Floss
It’s a query we hear often at the Colorado Dental Arts:”Is flossing necessary?”
It’s good to tell us that you brush your teeth twice every day, avoid sugar-filled snacks between meals, and stay regular with you Littleton dentist cleaning appointments. However when it comes to your wellness, flossing is simply more critical than brushing.
Most patients think the important first purpose of flossing is removing food from between your teeth, but that’s not the complete truth! Flossing most importantly cleans out plaque – that slimy, bacterial biofilm covering the enamel of your teeth. Plaque is the important first enemy leading to tooth decay, gum disease, and even halitosis. Although brushing is a terrific beginning, flossing removes the plaque where your brush cannot reach, like the spaces between the teeth. Also, flossing polishes the surfaces of your enamel and lessens the chance of gum disease.
Many think that they simply do not have time to floss regularly. However, when done well, flossing merely takes a few minutes every day. Once you get into a routine, flossing is simple to do, and makes your teeth much cleaner. More importantly, it greatly improves your oral well-being.
If you only floss once every day, the best time is just prior to going to bed. Because saliva creation slows down during sleep, plaque in the mouth becomes concentrated, and potentially more debilitating.
“So where do I start?” clients ask. Let’s go over a few basic steps.
Recommended Flossing Methods
Since you are sticking your fingers into your mouth, be certain that sanitize your hands before reaching for the flossing. Then, use take these steps:
- Be certain you have sufficient flossing, cutting off a piece about eighteen inches long. This might sound like a lot, but this allows you to use an untouched segment of floss as you proceed from one tooth to the next. Wind it around your middle finger, providing a couple of inches to work with.Tip: Relax your cheeks and lips to making it easier to get your fingers in your mouth.
- Gently pull the flossing between your teeth, without popping or snapping it. Create a “C” shape with the flossing as you wrap it around your tooth, then glide the flossing up and down the tooth’s enamel, from top to bottom.Tip: There are two sides to each gap between the teeth. Floss each side separately to avoid damaging the triangle section of gum that sits in between.
- Go from one tooth to the next. As you do, use a clean section of flossing.
- Work all around your mouth being sure not to forget the backsides of the rear molars, which often are neglected.
Some experiments point out that flossing before you brush your teeth is simply more effective than flossing afterwards. The conclusion is that if you eliminate plaque and food first, the fluoride in your toothpaste makes better contact with the enamel on the teeth, making them stronger. Either way, the most critical thing is to floss each day of your life.
Fight bacteria by removing the plaque that protects them and the food they live on! With daily flossing, you also might have teeth that survive a lifetime.