Everyone always hears how important flossing is for maintaining a healthy smile. All around the world, dentists remind dozens of their patients again and again to floss at least twice a day. People tend to skip flossing because they believe their toothbrush is enough or find flossing to be too much of a chore. Neither of these is true. Flossing can clean the surfaces in between the teeth where your brush just can’t reach. It is indeed a vital part of keeping your teeth healthy. Here are 3 quick facts about flossing.
Quite a few people believe you have to floss vigorously between every tooth, going up and down over and over. This can actually do more harm than good and cause damage to your gums and teeth. A gentle yet firm motion between each tooth is enough to prevent plaque from building up.
Flossing before brushing allows you to brush away the particles that you removed from between your teeth. Maintaining your diligence is the key. Choose a time during your day when you have a few minutes to focus on doing a thorough job.
There is waxed, unwaxed, thick, or comfort floss. You also have picks, pre-threaded flossers, or water flossers. Look for products that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance. You can also discuss options with your dentist to find what best suits your lifestyle.