3 Secrets to Make Flossing Simpler
Flossing is probably the number one shortfall we’re forced to admit during visits to the dentist. Many of us lie outright, insisting we floss occasionally. Even more of us promise to try to integrate it in the future. So many people fall short on flossing, but it’s just a quick addition to your regular tooth brushing routine. Remembering to floss during your dental hygiene regiment for about 2 weeks will successfully form it into a habit – a healthy habit that will prevent buildup and even various diseases. It’s not tough to do, and worth the health benefits. Check out these 3 pro ‘secrets’ to help make flossing simpler:
Use a bunch.
Don’t be stingy with it. A lot of folks are annoyed with flossing because they try to use a piece that is too short and keep losing their grip on it. You can use up to 18 inches (over a foot) of floss each time. Think back to the last time you went to the dentist; he or she was probably not shy about tearing off a sizeable piece. As mentioned, it allows you to get a better grip, plus it gives you more clean areas to work with. Ideally, you’ll want to clean each tooth with a clean section of floss.
Another top reason most people don’t like flossing is because there’s a perception of pain. You don’t have to be aggressive with it, especially if you’re just starting to get into the habit. Be gentle, but make sure the floss reaches all the way down to the gum line. You don’t have to ram it down; take your time. Guide it slowly to the bottom edge of the tooth, then carefully run it up and down without pinching your gums.
Curved, not straight.
Holding the floss taut and straight between the teeth won’t have maximum effectiveness. Hug the tooth with the floss by wrapping it at an angle so that you’re wiping down the side of one tooth. Repeat on the other side before moving on to the next gap. With each time you floss, get closer and closer to the gum line. It will likely be more sensitive at first, but get tougher as you continue flossing regularly.
You can floss either before or after brushing, which makes it even easier to incorporate into your routine. We hope these simple tips have helped you recognize the importance of flossing, as well as emphasized the simplicity of it. There are even floss picks and other differently shaped devices for those who struggle with the standard string. No matter how you choose to floss, doing so regularly will start you on the path to a healthier mouth.