Your Complete Guide to Proper Flossing

Oral hygiene should be a part of your daily life, because it removes dangerous bacteria and bad breath, and it can whiten your teeth. Part of your daily dental care and oral hygiene in Middletown, NY and Walden, NY should include flossing once a day. To learn more about how to floss properly, continue reading below. proper - flossing

Pick Your Floss Option

There are several different floss options to choose from, such as waxed or unwaxed, flossing sticks, and flossing string. There is no wrong choice when it comes to the type of floss you choose. The key to finding the right floss for you is to try out several different options and determine which is the most comfortable. You may prefer more control and choose floss string, which is wrapped around your fingers. Or you may like easy flossing and choose a flossing stick, which has a short piece of floss secured between two posts. Whichever choice you make, ensure that it is comfortable and easy to use.

Form the Letter “C”

To properly get the floss up and down the sides of your teeth and under your gums, form a letter “C” with the floss. Bring the floss between each tooth and begin to wrap the floss around either side of one tooth, forming a “C” shape. Move the floss up and down and above the tooth into the gum. Repeat on each side of every tooth. Floss the backs of your molars to sufficiently clean those areas of the gum line too.

Floss Every Day

Just as you should brush your teeth every day, once-a-day flossing is an integral part of your daily dental care. You can floss before or after you brush your teeth. If you have a piece of food stuck in between your teeth, then floss it out. Never use sharp objects to remove food an object, because you risk cutting yourself.

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