Flossing Technique Helps You Get the Most Out of It
Posted on 10/5/2020 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Flossing is an important part of any dental hygiene routine because it removes plaque and bacteria from in between the teeth. A toothbrush cannot get in between the teeth, unless there is a sufficient gap, and so flossing has to be used to clean these areas properly. However, using the correct flossing technique is critical to getting a good clean, as poor flossing will not remove the plaque sufficiently.
The Best Flossing Technique
Firstly, it is important to grip the floss properly, knowing how to do this can help you get the correct amount of force and precision needed to clean effectively. You want to wrap about 18 inches of floss around both of your middle fingers, and then pinch about 1-2 inches between your thumb and index fingers. This grip is ideal for the lower teeth. By slowly pulling the floss to and fro, you can move the floss in between two teeth. Then, by pulling each end of the floss to the side of a tooth, you can effectively clean.
Repeat for the other tooth and then repeat between each tooth on the lower jaw. For the upper jaw teeth, the same principles apply except you want to hold the floss slightly differently. On one hand, you want to pull the floss taut over the top of the thumb, and point the inside of the thumb away from the mouth while flossing. This makes it easier to give a more effective cleaning. Make sure that you use a clean bit of floss each time you clean the surface of a tooth, do this by moving the floss between your fingers.
Flossing is an important part of your daily hygiene routine and you should be doing it once per day. To learn more about how to improve your oral hygiene routine, contact our office now.