Appropriate Daily Dental Care: Flossing Techniques
Chances are that you have heard of the importance of flossing. Indeed, if you have spend any time at all in a dental office, you have heard for dentist and dental hygienist tell you of the importance of regular and appropriate flossing.
While you may have heard a great deal about flossing, you may not really have a full appreciation of how you should appropriately go about flossing your teeth. Through this article, you will be provided with some basic information about how to appropriately and effectively floss your teeth.
How Often Should I Floss My Teeth?
This is perhaps the most commonly asked question when it comes to flossing. In this day and age, most people simply do not floss enough. In point of fact, and in ideal circumstances, a person would floss his or her teeth once in the morning, once and at night, and throughout the day after each and every meal.
Of course, maintaining this type of flossing schedule requires a great deal of discipline. As was mentioned a moment ago, most people simply do not floss their teeth with this degree of regularity. In fact, most people are lucky to floss their teeth on a daily basis -- if at all.
How Should I Actually Floss My Teeth?
The key to effective flossing involves the following steps:
- 1. Wrap a line of floss around a finger on each hand.
- 2. Insert the floss between two of your teeth.
- 3. Pull the floss in such a way that it forms a "U" shape against the side surface of the tooth.
- 4. With a rubbing-like motion, move the floss up and down from the gum line towards the crown of the tooth several times.
- 5. Repeat this procedure against the tooth positioned on the opposite side of the dental floss.
- 6. Repeat this entire process on each of your teeth until you have flossed successfully all of the teeth in your moth.
What Does Flossing Do?
Flossing serves a number of purposes. This includes removing plaque, food debris and other materials from your teeth. If these materials are allowed to accumulate, they can cause problems with your teeth and gum disease over time.
I Brush My Teeth, So Why Do I Need to Floss?
In point of fact, on so many levels, flossing is a more important dental care process than is the actually brushing of your teeth. Used together, and on a frequent basis, brushing and flossing can assist you in enjoying good dental health and will be effective in preventing serious gum disease.
For More Information
If you have more questions about flossing, you should contact your dentist. Your dentist can provide you with specific information about flossing techniques. Your dentist can also provide you information about the benefits of flossing. Moreover, your dentist can provide you with information about the consequences of not flossing on a regular basis.