Despite the many oppositions on the importance of flossing in the past year, the American Dental Association (ADA) stresses how helpful proper flossing is in preventing cavities and gum problems. Note that flossing is only effective in maintaining good oral health if it is done the right way.
The main purpose of flossing is to disrupt the development and remove plaque build-up in between teeth, which is why you should remember to scrape plaque from both sides of the tooth rather than merely sliding the floss up and down. In fact, sliding is not only ineffective, but can even be harmful if you slide toward the gums too much.
Flossing Tips and Techniques
According to the ADA, you should floss once a day at a time most convenient to you, be it early in the morning, around noontime or before going to bed. What is important is that you floss properly.
As there is no "best time" to floss, there is also no required order with regard to brushing or flossing. You can brush first and floss after or you can also floss first and floss right after. The ADA shared that both are acceptable for as long as you floss and discard the strand after use.
For better control, you should use about 18 inches of floss and wound it around both your middle fingers. Thereafter, try to hold the strand tightly using your thumb and index finger.
Scrape one side of the tooth, forming a "C" shape and scrape the other side in a similar manner after you're done. You have to make sure that you floss all your teeth, including the ones that are far back in your mouth.
While brushing your teeth and flossing are effective ways to maintain good oral health, you should remember that these habits can only do so much. Ultimately, you should still visit us for professional cleaning and other procedures that will ensure optimal oral health care.
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