How to floss your teeth: The Right Way to Floss

Brushing alone is not enough to keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy. Flossing also plays a very important role. It helps to remove plaque and other debris where your toothbrush cannot reach. It helps in reducing the risk of developing gum problems. What’s more, it can also help to combat bad breath.

For those of you who find flossing a hassle, I have described below the process of flossing or how to floss your teeth in 10 easy and simple steps:

  • Start with a floss that has a grab to it

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The two basic forms in which floss comes are as follows:

  1. Nylon (multifilament) floss: This kind of floss is made up of many strands of nylon fabric. This is what makes it stringy and easy to break apart. Nylon floss comes in both the unwaxed and waxed forms.
  2. PTFE (monofilament) floss: This floss is made up of a single thread or strand. Because of this, it does not break apart easily. So it is possible to navigate through even the tightest of spaces.
  • Wrap the ends of an 18-inch to 24-inch section of floss around your middle fingers

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  • Hold the floss between your forefingers and thumbs of both hands

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  • Use your thumbs to floss your upper teeth

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The index finger should be used to floss your bottom teeth.

  • Gently work the floss in between your teeth

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  • When you reach the gum line, curve the floss into a C shape around your tooth. Make sure to go below the gum line

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  • Gently glide the floss up and down several times between each tooth. This also includes the back sides of your back teeth

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  • While flossing, pull the floss against your tooth

You should not forget the molars which are located at the back of your mouth. This is because this is where most of the decay and gum disease occurs. This is because people usually overlook this area.

  • Unwind new floss from one hand to another as you. In this way, you make sure that you are flossing with a fresh piece of floss 

  • If you do not want to floss the traditional way, consider other options

Flossing helps to significantly lower the probability of you contracting gum diseases of various sorts. Because of this, it becomes such an integral part of your entire oral routine.

However, if you are not comfortable with flossing the traditional way, you can consider the following options:

  1. Floss holders. These are small and Y-shaped devices that holds floss. This kind is applicable for those who consider themselves uncoordinated enough to deal with traditional floss.
  2. Superfloss. It is called this because it expands to fit in large spaces and contracts to go through the small spaces. This may be beneficial for those people who have wide gaps in between their teeth.
  3. Floss threaders. For those who have gotten any dental work of any sort performed are recommended to use this flossing method.

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