Brushing your teeth is critical when it comes to maintaining oral health but so is flossing. The biggest problem with flossing is that many people loathe it for all sorts of reasons, such as the time it takes, the messiness of it and/or the difficulty of it. If you absolutely hate flossing, you may actually just be doing it all wrong. Look over this guide to flossing your teeth to make sure you are adhering to a proper oral hygiene regimen and to discover some helpful tips.
Using String Floss
Pull the floss from its compartment, cut it at about 16” or 18”, wind the ends of the thread around each of your middle fingers and then slip the middle section between the tight crevices separating your teeth. Stop when the floss reaches the gum line and make sure you don’t skip any spots.
Using Floss Sticks
Those who don’t feel comfortable flossing with threaded floss usually find floss sticks (or “picks”) a whole lot easier to use. This is because floss sticks allow you to reach those tricky spaces but they also keep your fingertips comfortable and clean because there is no wrapping or winding needed.
Using Air or Water Flossers
If string floss or floss picks aren’t doing the job, you may want to look at investing in an air flosser or water flosser. These flossing tools work by blasting away plaque with the use of a strong stream of air or water. They’re gentle, they’re effective and they’re easy to use. Simply follow the instructions for your specific flosser brand and model.
Flossing is one of the most important oral hygiene steps and unfortunately it is often overlooked. It’s important to keep in mind that if you floss regularly, you are less likely to need painful teeth cleanings, oral surgeries or other procedures.
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