Most people that floss do not know that there is a proper way to floss. Most people are just happy with themselves because they are taking the time to floss. Taking the time to floss is a good thing. But in order to get the results you want from flossing you need to know how to floss properly. Here are some tips on how to floss properly. The first tip on how to floss properly is to know what kinds of dental flosses are out there to choose from. You will want to know the different types of floss for different types of teeth. If your teeth are really close together you are going to want to pick floss that is coated with a wax. It doesn’t matter if the waxed floss is flavored or not that is personal preference. You just want to make sure that it has a wax coating. Having crowded teeth or teeth that are really close together makes it tough to get floss through. But with waxed floss the floss will glide right through the areas you need it to with out getting caught.
The second tip to flossing properly is to make sure you floss at least once every day. Flossing at least once every day ensures that you are getting the debris and other bacteria’s that have been left behind because your toothbrush cannot reach those areas. The third tip on how to floss properly is the way you floss. You will want to start by getting a piece of dental floss that is about 18″ long. You will then want to take the dental floss and wrap it around your two index fingers or your middle finger and thumb. Pick what ever mixture feels comfortable for you. Then you will want to go in between every space. This helps to make sure that any debris or plaque that has been left in between your teeth will be removed.
As you move from tooth to tooth make sure that you are using a fresh segment of the floss. You don’t want to floss with the same segment of floss in between each tooth because this will spread plaque from one tooth to the next instead of removing the plaque. You also want to try to avoid scraping floss against your gums. Scraping floss against your gums causes irritation to your gums. To avoid scraping floss against your gums hold the piece of floss tight against the tooth and make a c shape to go the next tooth over right before you hit the gum line. This will help cover all the tooth area without scraping your gums. The fourth tip on how to floss properly is if you have bridge work, braces, or other dental work that does not give you access to all of your teeth. You will want to get a floss threader. A floss threader is used by tying a piece of floss to the loop at the end of the threader. The floss threader then guides the floss easily through the spots that are hard to get to with just regular flossing such as bridges that are permanently set.
All of these tips will help you learn how to floss properly and effectively. If you still have questions on how to floss properly there are classes that you can attend to show you how to floss properly. You can either go online and there are different schedules that are posted about where there are flossing classes available. You can also contact your dentist and ask if the dentist office you go to performs flossing classes.