National Flossing Day is November 25, the day after Thanksgiving. After indulging in all your favorite holiday treats, it’s important to know how to floss properly. Flossing helps remove food particles, bacteria, and plaque that can build up between your teeth. It is essential that you floss correctly every day as part of your regular oral hygiene routine. To celebrate National Flossing Day, here are a few simple tips to help you master flossing.
1. Pick the Right Dental Floss for You
There are two types of floss: un-waxed and waxed. Both will effectively clean your teeth, so the differences come down to personal preference. Un-waxed floss is often thinner than waxed, which some may find more comfortable. Waxed floss moves through your teeth more smoothly and is less likely to tangle in dental work, such as caps or permanent retainers. Whichever type you choose, make sure it has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval; otherwise it cannot be trusted to safely and effectively clean your teeth.
2. Flossing Technique
Proper technique is important when it comes to flossing. Start by unwinding about 18 inches of floss, wrapping each end around each index finger forming a taught line of about 2 inches between each finger. While pulling each end of the floss, gently slide the floss between your teeth using the up and down motion to the gum line. Slowly unwind the floss as you go tooth by tooth, using a clean section of floss on each tooth. Continue this motion around your entire mouth until you’ve slid the floss between each tooth.
3. Developing a Daily Flossing Routine
The ADA recommends flossing at least once a day. You can incorporate flossing as part of either your morning or evening bushing routine. The most important thing is to remember to floss every single day and take the time to make sure you’ve flossed between every single tooth.
4. Multitask to Make Flossing More Enjoyable
You don’t have to stand in your bathroom mirror while you floss. Once you get your flossing technique down, it will become second nature. Multitasking can make flossing more enjoyable, and even help you incorporate flossing into your daily routine. So, the next time you need to floss, you can watch TV, listen to music, or review your daily schedule to make it a more fun experience.
National Flossing Day is a perfect time to brush up on your flossing techniques and get into a great routine. If you follow these flossing tips, you should be on the right track. If you are still worried you aren’t flossing correctly, talk to one of our friendly hygienists at TenderCare Dental. We are more than happy to demonstrate the proper flossing technique so you can feel confident when cleaning your teeth. Happy National Flossing Day!