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Are You Flossing the Right Way?

Flossing is the key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums! It removes the food particles stuck between your teeth. It also removes plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Not removing plaque can lead to a series of gum diseases and cavities.

Although many people brush their teeth twice a day, not many of them go for interdental cleaning. American Dental Association and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service reaffirms that flossing is a critical hygiene practice. But you might ask why is it important to floss? There are 500 different types of bacteria in your tooth plaque, that’s 500 reasons to floss!

What Type of Floss Should You Use?

There are two types of floss available in the market: Nylon (multifilament) and PTFE (monofilament). Because nylon floss is made of a thin strand of nylon, there is a possibility that some strands might get stuck between your teeth while flossing. On the other hand, PTFE gets into the nooks of your teeth very smoothly – even the tighter spaces. No matter what type you use, both are effective and essential!

When Should You Floss?

Knowing when to floss can make a huge difference in your oral health. We recommend that you floss first and then brush your teeth. This way, you will remove the food debris stuck in your teeth before you clean your mouth. Going the opposite way will add to poor oral healthcare.

How to Floss Properly?

  1. Take around 10 inches of floss thread and roll it around your middle or index finger (whatever you’re comfortable with).
  2. Ensure that the thread is taut between your thumb and fingers.
  3. Start to slide the floss in between the teeth gently. Make sure that the thread doesn’t go in your gums.
  4. When your floss reaches your gums, make a U-shape with the thread around your tooth, and softly slide it in between the space of your tooth and gum.
  5. Keep the floss firmly alongside your tooth. Softly wipe the side of your tooth. Move the floss up and down to clean the teeth. Don’t forget your end tooth.
  6. Repeat this process with the rest of the teeth.
  7. Once you’re done, throw the floss immediately. It contains bacteria that are not good for your mouth.

Flossing and brushing your teeth is the least you can do to maintain your oral health. However, regular dental checkups every six months are essential for your dental health in the long run. If you’re in Irving, Tx., head over to Rabile Family Dentistry for professional services in regular checkups, teeth whitening, orthodontist services, and more. We offer promotional discounts to new and returning patients for an affordable and highly satisfying dental care experience. Schedule an appointment now.

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