Flossing 101: Tips to a Sweeter Breath

How many times have you been told that you should floss each and every day? Probably more times than you can count. Do you floss every day? Most people do not. However, flossing is very important to your oral health and is also important to your breath. When you floss when you are supposed, you are taking a big step in making sure that small particles of food are removed and you are fighting off gum disease and halitosis.

When you burhs your teeth, you are doing a lot to remove plaque build up on your teeth. However, in most cases, brushing is simply not enough. It takes something to reach those msall crevices and places in your mouth where the toothbrush just can’t reach. Flossing is often the ansertr. Your mom told you to do it, and your dentist tells you to do it, too. Now start doing it!

How to floss the right way: Have you ever been shown how to floss? As an adults probably not. When you were a child, you probably watched your dentist or teacher demonstrate the proper way. Well, here is a quick refresher course. First of all, you must choose the right kind of floss. There are lots of floss products out there and you need to make sure you are using the kind that is right for you. When you shop for floss, take a look at the packaging. You will see there are waxed and unwaxed floss, flavored and unflavored floss and wide and regular floss. The type that you will use will usually depend on your preferences. Try a couple of kinds and see what you like the best. Some people dislike flavored floss and other do not like the waxy kind.

After you have chosen your preferred dental floss, pick how you are going to get the job done. You can wrap it around your fingers on both ends (called the spool method), or you can try the look method, where you cut off a piece of floss and make a circle to fit between your teeth. When you use the spool method, you will use about 18 inches of floss and lightly wrap it around your fingers (don’t cut off your circulation). You will then push the floss gently between each tooth and sweep it in a side to side motion.

When you use the loop method, you will put your piece of floss in a circle and tie it off. Then you will put your fingers in the loop and use your index finger to guide it through your teeth. This is a bit harder to do, but people who have limited manual dexterity may like this method better.

You can also buy pre-strung flosser tools that will help you get in and around your teeth efficiently. These are great for kids too because they are small and do a great job of cleaning. These are portable for when you are on the go, too.

When you floss, you will need to make sure that you are paying special attention to those hard to reach and often ignored areas. When you floss on a regular basis, you are helping to fight off bad breath.