Flossing is tremendously important to oral hygiene and overall health of your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to help remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing before or after you brush does not make a difference as long as you floss properly. Try to floss when you have the time to spend and extra couple of minutes on your oral hygiene. It’s important to remember that children need to floss too.
They should start flossing as soon as they have 2 teeth that touch. Remember that flossing should no be painful, don’t floss too hard; you could damage your gums. It’s normal to feel some discomfort when you first start flossing. With daily brushing and flossing, that discomfort should go away within a couple of weeks.
Here are a few tips on how to floss:
Use about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand.
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. 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 motions.