How Flossing Helps Your Teeth and Heart

Flossing has always been recommended by dentist to incorporate in your oral hygiene routine. Flossing can reach food in between your teeth that brushing can’t. But how do you floss effectively, really?

How to floss correctly and effectively

  • When to floss. Should I floss before or after I brush my teeth? Quick answer? You can do both. However, flossing your teeth before brushing provides more benefits as you can clean your teeth thoroughly when you brush as the plaques penetrated in between teeth are already removed. Or you can also brush, floss, and then brush again. There’s no harm in that.
  • How long should I use the floss. As long as your fingers can grip both ends, it should be okay. Using your thumb and index finger, hold both ends of the floss and work its way in between your teeth.
  • How to receive optimum benefits from flossing. Make sure that the floss reaches your gum line. Do not move the floss so forcefully that your gums begin to bleed and get bruised. Do it carefully but evenly, making sure that it reaches every corners of your teeth.
  • Do not use the part of the floss that has already been contaminated with plaque and food particles. Rather use a clean section of it for every tooth.

To get the most out of your oral hygiene regimen, floss and brush your teeth at least twice a day, every meal, and especially at bedtime. And of course, visit your dentist every six months and have your mouth professionally cleaned by an expert dentist like the Institute of Mega Implants, in Lomita, CA. They offer a wide range of dental services that includes whitening, cosmetic dentistry and contouring, sealants, root canal therapy, extractions, and even cure sleep apnea!