Each time you visit the dental office for a checkup, there’s one inquiry you’re very nearly sure to listen: “Have you been flossing every day?” For a great deal of patients, the response isn’t dependably yes. Numerous individuals make a purpose of brushing their teeth twice a day, as the American Dental Association (ADA) suggests, yet fewer individuals take after the suggestion to floss no less than once a day [source: Ada].
Be prepared, be healthy, create a habit and floss every day! It will help you in the long run.
Here’s how the American Dental Association describes the process and how to floss your teeth:
- Start with about 18 inches of floss. Wrap most of it around the middle finger of one hand, the rest around the other middle finger.
- Grasp the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers, and use a gentle shoeshine motion to guide it between teeth.
- When the floss reaches the gum line, form a C shape to follow the contours of the tooth.
- Hold the floss firmly against the tooth, and move the floss gently up and down.
- Repeat with the other tooth, and then repeat the entire process with the rest of your teeth, “unspooling” fresh sections of floss as you go along.