The Proper Way to Floss
Flossing is a necessity when it comes to proper dental hygiene. Merely brushing the teeth is not enough to reach all of those spots in between the teeth.
When people do not floss, plaque can build up in these areas, causing a myriad of dental issues. However, flossing incorrectly is just as bad as not flossing at all. If the floss is serving no purpose, then the mission has been defeated.
There are two types of floss out there: nylon and PTFE. Colgate notes that while both of these types are effective, PTFE is a bit more expensive, but it is also more durable.
It is recommended that 18 inches of floss is used for these purposes. The floss should be held taut between the thumb and index finger on both hands. Approximately one to two inches of floss should be left in between the hands. Each tooth must be flossed individually.
Using a zigzag motion, bring that one to two inches of floss in between each and every tooth to remove plaque and other particles that have become lodged in there. As individuals move between the teeth, they should use a new, clean, fresh section of floss for each tooth. Merely flossing with the same piece over and over again will simply redistribute the plaque and materials throughout the mouth.
After the sections between each tooth are finished, the floss should be used to slide up and down the surface of the tooth and in between the gum line. After this process is done, the flossing is finished. Visit Patient Education Videos for brushing and flossing technique.