Flossing is as important as brushing. Here’s how to do it right.
Dental floss helps to remove food particles that have become trapped between the teeth or under the gums where toothbrushes have trouble reaching. Left unchecked, the buildup of bacteria can lead to bad breath, cavities, and gum disease.
Ideally, you would floss after each meal. However, this is not always possible for most people, so once-a-day, before bed, is highly recommended. While brushing your teeth should take you 2 minutes, adding flossing before bed should add one more minute.
Many types of floss.
Waxed or unwaxed floss. They’re equally effective at removing tooth debris, but many experts recommend waxed. It’s a lot easier to slide between your teeth and much less likely to shred and break.
Ribbon, tape or fine floss. Choose wider floss. Ribbon or tape floss covers a larger portion of the tooth, so it does a better job of cleaning. It can be easier to handle and is less likely to cut your gums.
What about Floss picks? These pre-threaded, disposable floss-holders can help you reach into the back of your mouth. They’re also great for flossing when you’re away from home.