No matter how well you brush your teeth or how long you spend brushing, if you don’t floss as part of the process, you have not properly performed your oral health routine.
The American Dental Association recommends flossing because brushing alone does not thoroughly clean out your mouth. There are some areas in your mouth that brushing cannot reach; and only flossing will be able to clean them out.
Regular flossing can help you prevent bad breath, as well as periodontal diseases, so you should floss at least once a day (especially after meals).
However, be careful not to floss too hard. Since flossing comes in direct contact with gums, doing it too hard and too fast can actually cause gum damage and bleeding.
What type of floss is best?
In general, there are two types of floss available on the market: waxed and unwaxed. Sometimes, you can get them flavored to make flossing a more enjoyable experience, especially for younger children.
Waxed floss are better for gliding into the tighter nooks between your teeth, but some people are allergic to wax; so unwaxed would be a better option in this case.
There are other varieties when it comes to choosing floss, so make the best choice based on your preference. The most important thing is that you are able to use floss easily and quickly without pain.
If you have no idea about which floss would be right for you, you can consult with a dentist. Some dentists even have samples so you can try so you can buy the one you feel most comfortable using.
If you have difficulty holding or using floss, you can buy a floss holder. Sometimes, people find it difficult to hold floss, especially if they are using the waxed type because it is a little slippery. Using a floss holder can help you floss quicker, and more thoroughly.