Floss is a thread like material that can be covered by a coating of teflon or wax making it easier to slide between the teeth. They are sometime infused with an antibacterial agent such as Chloroxehidine Gluconate to remove the harmful bacteria present beneath our gums.
Most people are aware how essential flossing is in maintaining our oral health and preventing disease. But to start a new habit is especially difficult if it is technique sensitive. How do we overcome this obstacle and turn flossing into a daily habit?
Remember that it takes only about three weeks to develop any habit. So take your first step towards flossing and you will surely find it easy to maintain healthy gums for a long time.
Flossing The Correct Way
- Take 10-12 inches of length of floss.
- Secure the floss around the middle fingers and make sure to leave around six inches of length in between.
- You should use thumbs for cleaning upper teeth and index fingers for lower teeth.
- Gently insert the floss in between the teeth and wrap the floss in a “C” shape around each teeth.
- Wipe the floss in an up and down motion and do not use a back and forth action. Start with upper then finish lower arch, between every space in the whole mouth.
Note: It’s believed that humans take 21 days to get in or out of a habit. Therefore we simplified the flossing technique for you to get started with it and feel the difference it makes to your oral hygiene.
Here Are Some Tips To Help You:
- Try To Multitask.
If you have a busy schedule and you don’t get time to floss then you can add some hands-free activity while doing floss like watching TV, talking over a phone etc. Now you are involving flossing in your daily routine and keeping the teeth healthy too.
- Set A Visual Reminder
Put your floss nearby your night stand or next to your toothbrush. Keep a spool of floss everywhere which can remind you to floss. Seeing the floss will provide you the remembrance and will act as a good reminder for you.
- Attach The Habit To An Existing One.
Try to convince yourself that your brushing isn’t complete without flossing. It’s not two different procedures, its one. Gradually you will join the habits together according to your memory, you won’t forget to floss after brushing.
THERE IS A REASON
- Why You Don't Floss
Teeth too close together can’t set routine, big hands, ran out of floss, my dog ate my floss, the excuses are endless. When you are afraid to floss, you will find numerous excuses to escape from it.
- Why You Should Floss
Floss is like a workout for gums. The more you do flossing the healthier and firmer your gums will be. The healthy gums are necessary to keep your teeth firm in the bone and keep a healthy environment in the mouth.
POINTS TO PONDER
- Generally people think the important thing is to move the floss through teeth, but in fact, floss can be destructive if you're not careful with it.
- Floss is very thin, and you can damage the delicate tissues of gums with it. People should slide the floss through the contact point, not snap it through, as it will lacerate the gum tissue.
- Gently bring the floss toward the base of the tooth, and then pull it against the tooth, and bring it away from the tooth's base.
- This way you can scrape the plaque off the tooth surface. Evidence suggests that flossing along with brushing teeth is likely to help you form a habit.
- Flossing not only protects your gums from the infection but also guides the way your immune system responds/reacts, your inflammatory reaction depending upon the health of your gums.
- To sum it up, maintain a healthy lifestyle and good oral hygiene to protect your teeth and gums from unlikely damage and untimely falling off from dental caries.