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Flossing

Flossing-1Flossing is the dying hero of oral hygiene. Not many people realize its importance in taking care of one’s teeth and gums. However, it is the only way to remove plaque from places the toothbrush can’t reach. If one does not floss, the plaque in the hidden regions can harden up and cause cavities, gum problems and bad breath!

Flossing need not be done after brushing teeth. It can be done at any time of the day with the brushing routine not having to be immediately after. A good quality nylon floss should be used while flossing one’s teeth. It should be noted that monofilament floss should be used for flossing sensitive teeth. Flossing should be encouraged from a young age, nevertheless most people avoid flossing due to the discomfort the procedure causes. Dentists all around the world suggest the following method to keep the pain at bay:

Flossing-2Wind the floss around each middle finger leaving two inches of floss to work with. Hold the floss firmly with the thumb and index finger and wrap it around the teeth. Gently slide the floss in a zigzag manner and use the same procedure for the gum line. Don’t be too harsh as it might cut and bruise the gum. At the same time, don’t be too delicate as it might not lead to the plaque getting successfully removed.

The tag-team of regular brushing and flossing are adeqaute to keep germs and oral diseases away, for good!