Brushing your teeth is not enough to keep good oral health unless you do not have any gaps between your teeth. We may not learn flossing at an early age, but using dental floss is necessary to keep dental diseases away. Not only that, with studies about the correlation of oral health to heart ailments, it is also necessary to keep good oral hygiene to prevent heart diseases. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash are some of the basics that we need to properly perform daily.
As recommended, it is best to floss at least once a day. This helps in removing food debris that is stuck between the teeth which are difficult to remove by just brushing or gargling with water or mouthwash. So how do you really floss properly?
Here are some steps and points to do this and prevent oral and heart diseases:
1) Do the flossing before brushing your teeth.
2) Use approximately 18 inches or an arm's length of floss and wind each the ends around your middle finger.
3) Hold around a couple of inches of the floss between your thumb and index fingers.
4) Gently insert or slide the dental floss in the gap between the teeth.
5) Make sure you will not snap the floss to prevent irritating the gums.
6) Hold the floss tightly enough as you gently move the floss up and down and make sure to angle it correctly as it forms a letter "c" as it hugs the tooth.
7) You may also make a scressing motion on the inner sides of the tooth to remove debris clinging to that side.
8) Include the sides of the tooth that are even exposures without another tooth beside it. Some foods that are sticky can also easily cling to the tooth surface.
9) There are several types of dental floss available which even includes a plastic handle. So choose a type which can help you maneuvers easily between the teeth and even to the teeth at the far end of your mouth.
10) Floss between all of your teeth and then brush your teeth once done.
Flossing is not really done for every after meal unless there is really food stuck between your teeth that has been bothering you. So it is not necessary that you wait to remove it by the end of the day. Even gargling with mouthwash is not advisable to be done after every brushing. Still, it is done at least once a day and make sure the mouth rinse is sugar-free. Although some mouthwashes would say it is sugar free just make sure you read the label especially for those who are diabetics.