Flossing is the process of cleaning the gaps in between your teeth with a clean, thin fibre known as a dental floss. Flossing is highly recommended by dentists as very essential to optimal oral health, and therefore shouldn’t be taken with levity. As a matter of fact, if you brush your teeth only with a toothbrush without flossing, you have only succeeded in cleaning part of your mouth!
How is flossing done? It’s as easy as ABC! All you have to do is walk into a certified pharmacy and purchase new floss. If you can find one that has been approved by an association for dental health, that’s even better! Then you can go back home and actually begin to floss. All you have to do is carefully pass the floss through your teeth and in gentle, vertical movements to help remove stuck food particles. You also have to be very careful to prevent the snapping of the floss in your mouth. Also, do not swallow dental floss. It may be risky.
Here is a video on how to brush your teeth.
After you are done cleaning out one tooth, you can move to the next, but be sure to change the length of floss used for different teeth. Also, never use someone else’s floss or discarded floss. It will probably bring you more harm than good.
Some trendy alternatives have been introduced, which can be used in place of traditional dental floss. Floss picks are plastic toothpicks with a small handle and a piece of floss strung between two gaping plastic projections at the other end. Floss picks are convenient, affordable and healthy for your teeth.
Interdental brushes are another trendy alternative to regular brushes. They have firm plastic handles, with a small brush at an end. After each use, you can just replace the head of your interdental brush with new floss, and you are good to go.
Finally, there is non-waxed floss, which resembles waxed floss but can be tightened to reach small and tight spaces between the teeth and therefore allows for higher flexibility and subsequently, greater efficiency.
Whatever type of flossing method you choose be sure to floss your teeth at least once a day, or if possible, after every meal to help maintain optimum oral hygiene and a beautiful, irresistible smile.