Best Way to Floss
Taking care of your teeth and mouth is actually an important part of your overall health. If you have a happy healthy mouth, your body can keep out infections and bacteria more effectively. We already shared with you how to best brush your teeth and that you need to floss (not just use mouthwash). Now, here are some tips on how to best floss:
- Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind it around the middle fingers of each hand. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
- Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion.
- When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
- Bring the floss back toward the contact point between the teeth and move the floss up or down the other side, conforming the floss to the shape of the tooth.
- Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up-and-down motions.
- Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth.
Remember, you should also use a mouthwash (just don’t use it in place of flossing). These rinses reduce bacteria that can cause gingivitis and gum disease. Gum disease can lead to gum recession which requires soft tissue grafting or the Pinhole Surgical Technique. It is best to brush, floss, use mouthwash, and avoid bad habits to keep your mouth safe than to need to repair damage!