Flossing with clean floss helps to remove tiny food particles stuck in between the teeth; something that may not be effectively done by a standard toothbrush, and helps to maintain optimal oral hygiene. However, a lot of individuals are not entirely certain or well-informed about how to actually floss their teeth to prevent a build-up of remnant food, and subsequently tartar in the mouth.
When flossing isn’t done, tiny bits of food that are stuck in between the teeth get acted upon by bacteria in our mouths. These bacteria break down these food particles and transform them into harmful substances which harm our teeth, cause and hasten the formation of cavities and eventually leads to gradual tooth decay. The breakdown of these remnant foods by these bacteria also causes bad breath. Therefore flossing regularly (advisably every meal, but at least once a day) helps drastically reduce your chances of having a cavity, experiencing tooth decay or having to deal with constant bad breath.
First, it’s important to procure a new, approved dental floss from a recognized pharmacy. Never use discarded floss, even if it was used by you. Most dental practitioners recommend the use of satin floss as it glides smoothly and therefore prevents bleeding.
After purchasing a good, new dental floss, you can take a piece of floss measuring about 18 inches and carefully pass it back and forth through the gaps in between your teeth to help remove bits of food stuck in between, one tooth after the other. As you switch from tooth to tooth, ensure you change the region of floss to a new unused one for maximum health benefits. You should, however, be very careful to prevent snapping of the floss in between your teeth, and used floss should be disposed of properly immediately after use.
It is also important to rinse your mouth properly after flossing with plain water, or a good mouthwash.