Your dentist recommends that you use dental floss on your teeth everyday. The reason for this is that flossing your teeth will help keep your teeth and gums in a state of good health. Flossing fights plaque build up on your teeth and removes any food particles that may be stuck between your teeth. If you ignore these food particles they will eventually result in tooth decay which will start out as cavities and end up as tooth loss. Flossing every day is part of a good dental health regimen that also includes brushing your teeth and using mouthwash.
Learning how to floss is easy and will soon become a daily habit with a little practice on your part. Wrap the ends of the dental floss around a finger on each hand and run a portion of the floss in all of the gaps between your teeth that you are able to get to comfortably. The proper technique involves trying to use a new, clean section of the length of dental floss in each gap. You will be able to see all of the stuff that was stuck between your teeth coming out with the floss and sticking to it.
You will develop your own preference as to the time of day to floss but most people choose to floss either before or after brushing their teeth because it is a convenient time to do so. It is normally recommended that if you are only going to use dental floss once a day then it should be part of your evening dental care so that the food particles do not sit between your teeth all night while you are sleeping. Using a good mouthwash after brushing and flossing will help rinse away all of the loosened food particles.
Dental floss is available in so many types and styles that it may be difficult for you to choose one when faced with all of the options on the store shelf. The best way to choose which floss is right for you is to just try several of them and keep trying until you find one that feels right. You can’t make a wrong choice as they all accomplish the same task, it is just a personal preference. Dental floss is available in varieties that are waxed or unwaxed, flavored or unflavored, and even floss that comes in small plastic tools that hold the floss for you. It is available made from nylon, Teflon, or silk and comes in many shapes and widths. There is a dental floss out there for everyone.