Flossing – all you need to know about it

Do you think brushing teeth twice a day is enough to keep your teeth healthy? If your answer is yes then you definitely need to read this.


What is Flossing?

Toothbrush cannot clean the area between the teeth which leaves food particles, debris and plaque between the teeth. Plaque is made up of bacteria. When plaque builds-up, it may give you oral problems like cavities and gum infections.

To floss is to clean the gaps between teeth with the help of a thread known as dental floss.

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Why to Floss?

Here are 3 major reasons why you should Floss your teeth:

1. Prevents cavities and gum diseases:

When you don’t floss your teeth, you are likely to get plaque build-up which further leads to tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.

2. Prevents bad breath:

The bacteria build-up between your teeth gives you bad breath. Flossing helps to remove that bacteria thus giving you a fresh breath.

3. Clean and healthy teeth:

Food and debris gets accumulated between the teeth makes it unclean. Flossing removes them and gives you clean teeth which are healthy and looks good.

When to Floss?

It is very important to floss your teeth at least once a day. People floss after every meal but very quickly. This may not clean the gaps between teeth properly. Instead floss once a day but give some time to it to clean the mouth completely.

Also read: Difference between Dental Bridges, Crowns and Dentures

How to Floss?

To get the maximum benefit of flossing, you need to do it correctly. Follow the steps given below to maintain proper oral hygiene:

  • Use about 18″ of floss and wind most of the floss around each middle finger leaving an inch or two to work withhow-to-floss-your-teeth-step-
  • Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth how-to-floss-your-teeth-step-2
  • Be sure to clean beneath the gum line, but avoid snapping the floss on the gumshow-to-floss-your-teeth-step-3

Are you flossing your teeth daily? Or you think brushing twice a day is enough? Do let me know in the comment section below.

Read here why I use Colgate’s dental floss

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