When thinking of dental hygiene, we often forget how important it is to floss. Flossing removes many of the particles left in your mouth that toothbrushes can’t reach. It is essential to floss to remove plaque in order to keep your gums healthy.
According to the American Dental Association, everyone should floss at least once a day. Flossing can sometimes seem like cumbersome and time-consuming activity, but it’s not. We’ve outlined a few tips below to help make flossing easier and to help you incorporate it into your daily hygiene routine.
Choose the Right Tools
You can find a plethora of dental hygiene products at your local pharmacy. Sometimes it can be hard to know exactly what tools you need and what products are the best.
When it comes to dental floss, there are many options available to you. Generally, the best floss is wax floss, which fits better in small spaces and does not break easily. If you wear braces or a permanent retainer, this is particularly important.
However, you may also want to try other kinds of floss like mint-flavored floss, which leaves your breath nice and fresh, or floss picks which come flat or curved and are just as effective a regular floss.
A water pick is another excellent option. It is a tool that sprays water with enough force to clean between teeth and braces, leaving your mouth even cleaner.
Learn the Proper Technique
There’s a proper technique to flossing, just like there’s a proper technique to brushing your teeth. Unfortunately, many people don’t know how to floss correctly.
The first step to flossing is to pull out an adequate length of floss. This should be about 18-24 inches – enough to wrap the floss around your index and middle fingers and allow for good grip. You should then hold the floss tightly around your fingers and move it up and down between each tooth. Make sure you’re being gentle and holding your floss at an angle to remove more bacteria)
When you’re done, you will have removed 40% more bacteria than if you had just brushed!
Get in the Habit
To incorporate a good habit like flossing into your routine, it can help to set an alarm or a specific time to do this.
Sometimes, it can even help to reward yourself every time you do floss. For instance, you might allow yourself to perform some of your favorite morning routine activities only after you’ve flossed. Or maybe you can treat yourself to a tasty and refreshing Fuzzy Rock after you floss to encourage you to keep doing it.
Brush Your Teeth Afterwards
Another important thing to remember when you floss is to brush your teeth (ideally after you floss). Combining flossing with brushing your teeth is the ultimate way to keep your oral hygiene at its best.
Fuzzy Brushes are a great option if you are on the go. These capsules are like a toothbrush that you can chew, and you don’t require toothpaste or even water! The xylitol coating kills bacteria and has an excellent taste, making dental hygiene feel fun and refreshing.
Use a Fuzzy Brush after you floss, and you’ll be ready to face the day knowing that you’ve taken the best possible care of your teeth.