Simply brushing your teeth twice a day is not enough to maintain optimal dental health. About half of the tooth's surface is between the teeth, so if you skip flossing, you are leaving a large area exposed to decay. Add flossing to your daily routine with these easy tips.
1. Choose the floss
There are many types of floss on the market today - break resistant, easy glide, floss picks, etc. Choose one that fits your needs (consult a dentist if you are unsure). If you would rather use an automated method, consider a Waterpik Waterflosser,
2. Use appropriate amount
Measure about the length of your palm if you are using traditional floss. That might sound like a lot, but you need enough to keep a section clean as you floss each tooth. Wrap the ends around your middle fingers, leaving about 3-5cm of floss between hands. This is what you will use to floss.
Be gentle as you slide the floss between the teeth. Take care to get between the gum and the tooth to catch anything hiding deep in the gum pocket. Angle the floss around the tooth in a "C" shape and carefully move up and down. Floss between all of your upper and lower teeth, winding the used floss onto your finger and released a clean section.
Follow each flossing session with tooth brushing. Then, rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash, per your dentist's recommendation.
Most importantly, remember to go to regular dental checkups to catch any issues early. Talk to your dentist openly and honestly about any concerns, and seek advice for specialised care routine for your specific needs.