Why Flossing Is So Important
Flossing is hugely important. Why? Its simple, really: Flossing gets at the smallest, hardest-to-reach crevices in your mouththe places where cavities are most likely to develop.
Its key to preventing gum disease and tooth loss, not to mention it could save you a ton of money on dental surgery.
Here are a few quick tips to make sure you get the most out of your flossing routine:
Use whatever works:- Old-school ribbon floss, one of those Y-shaped holdersthere are a lot of ways to get into those hard-to-reach areas. Ask your dentist and hygienist if theres a particular one thats right for you.
Work the floss between your teeth gently, in a sort of sawing motion. You dont want to just jab it in there and risk damaging your gums.
Once youre in, pull the floss sideways and scrape off the insides of your teeth in an up-and-down motion.
Dont forget the very back of your last tooth! A lot of gunk can build up there, and a lot of people forget it since its in the back.