Flossing teeth is necessary after eating. It helps you remove stuck food in between your teeth which is very uncomfortable if not removed. Make sure to carry around floss in your bag, your car, your desk, or even in your pocket. This comes in very handy especially if you don’t have the time to brush your teeth after eating lunch. Aside from floss, you can also bring mouthwash or a sugar-free mint in order to make sure you restore the freshness of your breath.
As flossing is a good way to remove stuck food particles in your mouth, not being able to do so because there are no mirrors is also a common hindrance. If your office doesn’t have mirrors in the bathroom or anywhere, then don’t just accept the fact that you can’t floss. There are actually a lot of things you can do and flossing without a mirror can be one of them.
You need to practice flossing with your eyes shut. You need to memorize your mouth, your teeth, gums, and everything else. If you have the skill of flossing even with your eyes shut, then you’re not going to need any mirror while doing it anywhere. You can freely floss in your car, in the pantry, or barely anywhere. This skill really comes in handy if you find yourself surrounded with people all the time or if you find it hard to look for mirrors in your workplace.
Why Should We Floss?
Do you ever wonder why your dentist/hygienist and orthodontist are always asking patients about how often they are flossing? Really, how important can it be…. right? Well, according to the Academy of General Dentistry it is the most important thing that can combat against plaque. Not only does flossing remove junk caught in between your teeth, it polishes the tooth surface, controls bad breath and decreases the chance of getting gum disease. Many people say that they do not have the time floss, you could practice flossing with your eyes closed, if you can master that you can floss anywhere for example, in your car, at your desk (make sure your co-workers are ok with it), or even in bed each night before you go to sleep. Buy extra packages of floss and keep them in handy places and when you have an extra minute grab some floss and floss away!
Here are a few tips on flossing.
- Waxed floss generally is easier to slide, but unwaxed floss will squeak on clean teeth – this is a sign that the plague is gone
- Generally you will want about 18inches of floss, and will wind most of it around the middle finger of one hand
- Hold the floss tightly between the two hands, you will have about an inch between each hand
- Gently glide the floss back and forth between your teeth
- Wrap the used floss around the middle finger of the other hand as you floss (this way you won’t re-use the floss)
- Once the floss is between the teeth make a “C” cupping the tooth with floss, gently rub the floss against the tooth moving it up and down the tooth
- Do this on all your teeth, this does include your molars
- Discard floss when finished
In the orthodontic office many people will ask us about the use of water picks or electric toothbrushes, although these are good tools to use, we do not recommend that our patients hurry out and purchase them. At McDaniel, Sternstein & Aleman, we believe that a manual tooth brush and flossing will work just as sufficient provided they are being done daily.