Daily flossing is an important component for maintaining a good oral hygiene. But it’s the one good habit that many people avoid in lack of awareness and ignorance. Read here the reasons why you must floss your teeth daily and how to do it correctly!

Why Should You Floss Daily?

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When we eat or drink throughout the day, the microparticles of food and drinks tend to stick to our teeth. Often, they stay stuck for long periods of time promoting teeth germs to thrive. Brushing can clean the undesirable particles that are stuck on the outer sides of the teeth, but what about the food and plaque sticking to the inner edges or between two teeth? Here’s where the flossing comes up in the picture. 

Flossing your teeth daily will: 

  • Remove the plague from inner surfaces of the tooth and prevent the buildup of plaque.
  • Help in preventing tooth decay 
  • Reduce the risk of developing gum disease like Gingivitis
  • Prevent and banish bad breath
  • Make your teeth look brighter
In addition, flossing helps to regularly examine your teeth, tongue, and gums, which can help in early detection and treatment of any oral health problems. 

How to Floss Your Teeth Correctly?

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Flossing is easy once you acquire the proper technique to do it.  To floss your teeth the right way, follow these steps:

  • Break off about 18 inches of dental floss. Wind most of the floss around the middle finger on one hand, and the rest around the middle finger on the other hand — leaving about 3 centimeters of thread to floss your first tooth.
  • Use your thumbs and forefingers to gently pull the floss in a C-shape from the gum line to the top of the tooth to scrape off plaque. 
  • Rub the floss against all sides of the tooth, in a push-pull motion and up and down against the side of every tooth. Take one tooth at a time
  • Unwind to fresh floss as you progress to the next tooth.
If you find difficulty in handling the thread floss, use a waxed floss, dental tape, or an interdental cleaner — such as a dental pick or stick designed to clean between the teeth. 

Keep in mind, by following a regular oral care routine of daily tooth brushing twice, daily flossing, and using a mouth rinse, you can ensure a good oral health for a lifetime. 

For any query related to your oral health consult a Dentist at www.healthcaremagic.com 

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Priya Singh

Priya Singh is a professional writer and editor with 13 years of experience in writing/editing health and lifestyle content for diverse verticals such as magazine, newspaper, and digital media.

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