How To Properly Use Dental Floss

You may already be flossing, which is wonderful. However, if you are not flossing properly, you will not be able to remove plaque from your teeth effectively. These are some of the tips and tricks that you can use to be certain you are flossing using the right technique to give you the best result.

Always Use Enough Floss

There are a number of people that are simply not using enough dental floss when flossing their teeth. You want to have a piece of dental floss that is roughly 18 inches in length. While this may sound a lot, you have to be able to keep a clean segment available to use as you move on from one tooth to the next.

Take the floss and wrap most of it around your middle finger or the index finger of one hand, picking the one you prefer most, keeping a small amount on the middle finger or index finger on your other hand. If you use your middle finger, it will leave your index finger free so that you can easily manipulate the floss.

Slide in Between The Teeth

Take the floss and gently slide it between your teeth using a zig zag motion, making sure that you never let the floss pop or snap between the teeth.

Make A “C”

If you are able to make a C shape with the floss, it will be easy to wrap the floss around the tooth that you are working on. You can then carefully pull your dental floss upward of the gum line, up to the top of your tooth.

Rolling Along

When you move from one tooth and then on to the next, you should be unrolling a fresh segment of floss from your finger, on one hand, rolling any used portion of floss over to the finger of your next hand. You are basically using your thumb as a bit of a guide. If you don’t do this properly you will probably need to visit a local dentist to get it fixed, so make sure you get it right the first time.

Reach Both Sides

Never forget to floss along the back portion of each tooth.

When you are working on flossing, you will see that having the correct technique can really go a long way. The kind of floss that you select will be more of a personal preference, but it is usually recommended that you go with a floss that is not going to leave behind any sort of residue.

Because there are so many different types of floss that you can choose from, there are enough that you can choose a selection that will meet the needs of you as well as your other family members. Some people in your family may prefer to use thicker dental floss, while others like a thicker strand. Other people may want to have flossers or picks on hand that they can use after a meal.

No matter what type of floss you choose, you will see that the right technique on how to dental floss properly will allow you to easily remove any food particles that have been left behind and the plaque that can build up in between your teeth. The end result with properly flossed teeth will be an improvement to your overall oral health.