Dental hygiene is just as important, if not more, as physical hygiene. However, unfortunately, it’s pretty widely neglected owing to a lack of awareness and a generally busy lifestyle. Do you remember when you last flossed? In fact, many people don’t even know how to floss or even why it’s so important for dental hygiene. Keep reading to find out more!
Why is it important to floss my teeth?
Throughout the day, whenever you eat, tiny food particles get stuck in the gaps between your teeth. These food particles are used as a source of energy by the bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria convert these foods into acids and other products that accumulate in the form of yellowish plaques on your teeth. When this bacterial growth crosses a certain limit, a cavity appears in your teeth, which can eventually erode or eat away your teeth. Therefore, it’s important to floss so that you can get rid of the tiny food particles between your teeth that cannot be removed by a normal brush.
Flossing Your Teeth: How It’s Done
Flossing your teeth doesn’t just involve moving the flossing string back and forth with no proper direction. If done improperly, it can lead to gum irritation. Therefore, it’s important that you know how to properly floss your teeth. The instructions below will guide you.
- First, make sure that the piece of floss you have is about 15-20 inches long.
- Next, wrap most of the floss around the middle finger of your dominant hand. Leave some floss behind and hold it between the thumb of your dominant hand and the index finger of the other.
- Next, rub the floss back and forth in the gap between your teeth. When you approach the gum, slide the floss sideways so that you rub it against the teeth and not the gums.
- Wrap the used floss around the middle finger of your non-dominant hand.
- Continue until you’ve flossed your entire teeth.
If you don’t already, follow the steps above and start flossing today! Remember to book your dental cleaning with Golf Links Dental in Ancaster. Our hygienist will review the proper flossing techniques with you during your dental appointment. Golf Links Dental is a dental office located in Ancaster, and welcomes new patients.