Flossing teeth properly is essential for keeping good oral hygiene. Flossing removes plaque that can develop between teeth and also helps in preventing tooth decay and avoidable gum disease by cleaning the tight spaces between teeth that your toothbrush can't reach. Take the time to learn how to floss properly to ensure that your teeth are healthy and beautiful for years to come.
Floss Once a Day
The Indian Dental Association (IDA) recommends flossing before brushing each day. If you get into the habit of flossing before you go to bed at night, you won't need to worry about flossing more than that. Excessive flossing is ineffective and can actually damage and cause irritation to sensitive gum tissues.
Use a Gentle Touch
It's important to be gentle while flossing. Many people apply a lot of pressure or use a vigorous sawing motion, thinking this will get their teeth clean better. But this kind of forceful flossing can lead to bleeding gums. Instead, floss lightly. Do not force or snap the floss against the gums. Try to use the side of the tooth to slide the floss gently into place.
Know the Proper Technique
Instead of using too much of force or flossing excessively, doing it according to the proper method will leave your teeth sparkling clean and pain-free.
- Dispense about half a meter of floss.
- Hold a short amount of floss between your thumb and fingers, and insert it between your teeth.
- Curve the floss around each tooth in a "C" shape.
- Gently move the floss using a slow back-and-forth motion and up and down and under the gumline. Be careful not to apply too much pressure.
Use a new section of floss for each tooth.