Flossing is one of the most important parts of your dental routine. Even if you brush your teeth, two minutes at a time twice a day, you are still leaving a majority of your teeth untouched, especially between the teeth. These are great places for plaque and food debris to accumulate and cause gum disease and tooth decay.
The condition we’re trying to prevent, which is gum disease, is something that takes years to develop, and most of the studies only last for a few weeks or months,” says Dr. Tim Lafolla, a dentist associated with the National Institutes of Health. “So the evidence that we gather from these studies is fairly indirect. We can look at bleeding gums, we can look at inflammation, but we have to extrapolate from that evidence to gum disease.”
Its important to make sure you are flossing correctly.
- Take a piece of floss approximately 18 inches in length and wrap it around two fingers, with more on one finger than the other. Leave one to two inches of floss to use as you move through your math.
- Slide the floss between your teeth up-and-down gently, while holding the dental floss tightly between your thumb and index finger.
- Move from tooth to tooth, make sure you do not skip your back teeth. Since you use these to chew the most, they are more susceptible to plaque, gum disease and tooth decay.