Posted on : July 3, 2022 by Clinic One Team on Oral Health
Good oral hygiene encompasses more than just brushing your teeth. It also includes flossing and the knowledge of how to floss correctly.
Flossing your teeth regularly is a vital part of your oral health routine.
Flossing helps to remove food particles and prevent plaque from building up, which eventually prevents tooth decay. Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on teeth and contributes to cavities.
How Does Flossing Help You?
Flossing also reduces the risk of gum diseases such as gingivitis, gum recession, periodontitis, etc.
It significantly cleans and dislodges the food stuck in between the teeth, which is sometimes difficult to remove with a toothbrush alone.
It also gets rid of bad breath due to the entrapment of food particles between the teeth. Good dental hygiene doesn’t only benefit your teeth and gums, but also your heart health.
How Many Times Should you Floss Your Teeth in a Day?
Dentists usually recommend flossing at least once a day.
It’s generally recommended that you floss your teeth before brushing them, which typically loosens the food particles and plaque around the teeth, and the brushing action then helps to remove the loosened plaque.
Good oral hygiene also involves flossing and knowing how to floss correctly.
If you apply too much pressure when you floss, or if you floss too aggressively, you may damage your teeth and gums.
How can You Floss Your Teeth?
You can use dental floss to floss your teeth. Dental floss is a thin, soft thread that can be used to floss your teeth.
When Should You Visit Your Dentist?
Always brush your teeth twice a day for about 2 minutes with a soft toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, and use an interdental cleaner such as floss once a day.
Depending on your preferences, you can floss before or after you brush your teeth.
In addition to home brushing and flossing, always visit your dentist regularly every 6 months to identify potential dental problems as early as possible and when the treatment is commonly simpler and more affordable.
By Dr. Kriti Rai Dentist | Clinic One Bhaktapur
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