Are you among the many who seemingly always forgo flossing when it comes to your daily oral health regime? If so, you are leaving half of your mouth unclean. It’s time to become your own floss boss.
Flossing helps remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth the toothbrush cannot reach. It is a crucial step in keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Flossing once a day will suffice, just make sure to take your time and do a thorough job.
According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, you should start with 18” of floss. Wrap it around the middle finger of each hand and pinch. Guide the floss between the teeth using a zigzag motion. Continue using a gentle rubbing motion along the side of the tooth and under the gumline. Get a clean section of the floss and repeat.
If you are having trouble mastering the technique, make sure to ask your dental hygienist for guidance at your next dental appointment.
This semi-simple step, combined with your daily oral health regime of brushing twice and using mouthwash, will go a long way towards establishing and maintain a clean, healthy mouth.
Sources: American Dental Hygiensists’ Assocition and MouthHealthy.org