There are many things we should do, but we don’t. One of those things is flossing.
Not many people incorporate this healthy tooth-brushing habit into their daily routine. Flossing is important for maintaining good oral hygiene.
Flossing helps get rid of the food stuck between your teeth and reduces plaque and bacteria in your mouth.
When you floss for the first time, your gums may bleed, but this will get better as you get used to it and get into the habit of flossing regularly.
But if not done correctly, flossing can do more harm than good. So follow the steps below to floss your teeth properly.
1. Take about 16-18 inches of dental floss and wind a good portion of it around your finger. Take the remaining part of the floss and wind it around the same finger on the other hand.
2. Then hold the floss firm and taut between your thumbs and forefingers. Gently place the floss between the teeth, avoiding it snapping into the gums to prevent bleeding.
3. Once the floss reaches the gum line, bend it into a C shape against one tooth. Slide it into the gap between the tooth and gum. Do not let the floss slip into your gums.
4. Stretch the floss firmly and rub the side of the tooth in an up-and-down motion without damaging your gums. Do this on each tooth and use a new floss for each tooth.