Flossing is one of those things in life where you know it’s essential but you still nonchalantly disregard this. Brushing your teeth might be seen as the ultimate and even the only method of cleaning your teeth, but while there is never any substitute for tooth brushing, a dental hygiene regimen cannot be complete without flossing either. And flossing has to be done daily also in order for a person to really benefit from flossing.
Have you ever tried cleaning your house? Well, how many vacuum attachments did you use? You’d probably answer that it was more than one. In the same way that a vacuum should have more than one attachment, you should also use two methods in order to clean your teeth — brushing and flossing.
What brushing does is to get rid of plaque which may be found on the surfaces of your teeth, such as the front and biting surfaces. However, how about the plaque which is stuck in between teeth. Given that plaque is the matrix which bacteria thrives on and is composed partly of acid metabolites, it’s never a good idea to let plaque fester in one place for more than a couple of hours. Eventually, the plaque will soften enamel and will lead to cavity formation. So while brushing your teeth takes care of the exposed surfaces, what about the plaque found in between teeth.
How should you floss properly?
Flossing is a skill which one has to master for the benefit of one’s pearly whites. Flossing should be done in a gentle and gingerly manner in order to prevent damaging sensitive gum tissue. Be firm when yet deliberate whenever you floss your teeth because it’s very easy for the floss to slip and accidentally cut your gums. Some individuals have a problem with handling long threads of dental floss so using a floss holder might help.
How can you pick out the right dental floss?
The kind of dental floss you use will also determine how effective your entire practice of flossing will be. Some varieties of dental floss include waxed dental floss, unwaxed dental floss and interdental cleaning aids. You can use oral irrigators in order to flush away any plaque which may still be stuck in between your teeth even after you’ve already floss. Using waxed floss is best for individuals with teeth that have tight spaces in between since the waxed floss will only glide through the spaces. If you’re still unsure of which floss to get, ask your dentist during your next dental appointment. Your dentist should be able to suggest which type of dental floss will be best for you and may even carry special dental floss products
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