May 22nd, 2019
How often do you floss? No – we aren’t talking about the dance that took over the internet! How often do you floss your teeth! Flossing isn’t as common as brushing, but it should be. It can help protect your teeth just as much, if not more, than brushing. Here’s why flossing should be part of your daily routine, alongside brushing.
Flossing is just as important as brushing because it removes bacteria that can lead to plaque, which if not taken care of will turn into tartar that cannot be removed by regular brushing or flossing. Tartar can also eventually cause damage that could to decay and tooth loss.
It is recommended that you floss at least one a day, but you can floss every time you brush your teeth. Getting the spaces between your teeth (where your brush can’t reach) is crucial to cleaning your mouth.
Colgate’s guide to flossing:
- Starting with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with
- Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth
- Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gum-line, never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue
- Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth
- To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth
We can’t teach you how to dance, but we can help you floss your teeth! Follow these tips and you’ll be a flossing expert in no time!