Regardless of how often you floss, you could still be doing it the wrong way. Maybe you’re not getting the whole tooth or haven’t mastered the motion. Brushing is important but cannot be the only thing you do. Brushing does not get in between your teeth, only floss can.
Floss and brushing work to remove the plaque – or buildup of bacteria that can harden and turn into tartar over time – on your teeth. It can lead to cavities, mouth disease and tooth loss if not addressed. And the only way to get rid of it is to manually remove it with floss. Here’s some flossing tips for perfect oral hygiene.
How often should I floss?
You don’t need to floss after every meal, although you can’t over-floss either. Once a day is what dentists recommend and then when it’s convenient for you outside of that.
How to floss?
Experts recommend getting at least 18-inches of floss and rolling it around your middle fingers and using each index finger to go between the teeth. You should wiggle the floss between your teeth using a very gentle swaying movement. Once you feel like you’ve hit the bottom, pull the floss into a C shape to wrap around the tooth. Then gently bring floss up and down without applying too much pressure and repeat for each tooth.
What if my gums bleed?
It’s normal for the gums to bleed if you haven’t flossed for a while. But if you are bleeding a lot it could be a symptom of something more serious and you should check with your dentist.
Does it matter what floss I buy?
This is totally up to your personal preference. Most people use regular waxed floss or teflon coated floss. If your teeth are really close together, you might want to try a thinner, unwaxed nylon floss but all flosses are generally great for all mouths.