Brushing teeth correctly and consistently helps remove most dental plaque. But brushing alone can’t remove plaque that is located in places that a toothbrush can’t reach. This includes in between the teeth and under the gums. In addition to removing plaque, flossing also helps to:
REMOVE DEBRIS THAT STICKS BETWEEN THE TEETH
POLISH TOOTH SURFACES
CONTROL BAD BREATH
Correct Method to floss:
Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty.
Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Never snap the floss into the gums.
When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up and down motion. Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth. Don’t forget the back side of your last tooth.
Once you’re finished throw the floss away.
Other methods of flossing:
Flossing tools such as floss holder may be helpful for people who are just learning how to floss, individuals with limited dexterity in their arms and/or hands.
To know more about flossing, its importance and correct method, book an appointment at Dr. Krinita Motwani’s multispeciality dental clinic.
Dr Krinita Motwani