To keep your smile healthy always, ensure you take good care of your oral health. Brushing twice a day is essential, but it alone cannot keep your teeth as healthy as flossing does. Every dentist suggests that daily flossing and brushing gives you the best oral health. Even though there are many people who floss their teeth, there might be some doing it wrong. So here we are addressing some common mistakes which people do while flossing.
Everyone should pay attention to their teeth and thread while flossing. There might be some colour, smell or blood on the part of the floss with which you have just flossed your teeth. If there’s any, consult your dentist as they will help to prevent gum infection if there’s any. Always pay attention while flossing teeth.
Using the Floss Inappropriately
Some people think it is convenient using the same floss for more than one tooth. But using the same floss for other teeth will spread the germs and plaque in your mouth. Yes, germs and plaque do spread in the mouth from one tooth to another, but using the same floss spreads it more rapidly. A floss should have a length of at least 18 inches, and people should use a new part of the thread for every tooth.
Violent flossing can hurt your gums. We floss to remove plaque and thug bugs from teeth, but we can’t go harsh on the gums as going hard on gums may cause damage and unnecessary bleeding. You should go gentle on your gums.
Irregular flossing doesn’t keep your teeth healthy. Every dentist advice to floss daily. There is no specific timing, you can either floss in the morning after waking up, or you can floss at night before going to bed. But you should floss only once in 24 hours as flossing more than once may damage your gums or teeth.
Flossing In One Motion
Some people floss only in an up and down motion and do not cup teeth at the bottom on both sides. It is necessary to follow the shape of teeth; only flossing in an up and down motion doesn’t clean the teeth thoroughly. One must cup the thread on both sides of the teeth at the bottom and clean it for better results.
Flossing is an important habit which everyone should adopt and do once daily. If you want to maintain great oral health, alone brushing won’t help, flossing is a must. But you should avoid all the mistakes stated above while flossing, only then it’s beneficial. You must consult our dentist before beginning flossing; they may suggest better advice.