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How to Floss Your Teeth the Right Way

How to Floss Your Teeth the Right Way

Whether or not you prefer string floss or water floss, this is a task you can’t overlook.

Taking care of your teeth doesn’t need to be a chore. You need to brush your teeth and floss them. Using mouthwash also helps. Whether or not you prefer string floss or water floss, this is a task you can’t overlook. Still, there’s a right way to do it, and a wrong way to do it. 

Start by Brushing

Before you can try flossing, you need to brush your teeth. This method can loosen up whatever debris is stuck in your teeth. That will make the flossing experience easier. Be sure to brush at least twice a day. Try to time yourself – a good benchmark is at least two minutes, sometimes more. Pick a soft bristle head with a smaller head. This will let you get into the back of your mouth and brush your wisdom teeth. Switch out toothbrushes every couple of months, when you notice them wearing out, or after getting over a cold. The toothpaste you use should include fluoride and be approved by the American Dental Association. Oh, and one more thing – don’t forget to spend some time brushing your tongue, too. 

Finish with Flossing

Finally, the time has come to start flossing. The more often you floss, the more your teeth and gums will get used to the sensation. This helps cuts down on how much bleeding you encounter. The bleeding can be uncomfortable for most people, which is why they are hesitant to even do it in the first place. But it’s something that needs to be overcome in the name of oral hygiene. 

Pick some floss that has been approved by the ADA. You’ll only need eighteen inches of it at a time. The top 1-2 inches are what you’ll be guiding between your teeth. Avoid snapping it in and out, as this can do more damage. Be gentle as you go back and forth. Form a c-shape to help you move from one tooth to the next. Keep sliding farther down the floss as you use it. That’s because the same two inches will get dirty. That won’t help much, and it’s also why you need to use so much floss at a time. 

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