Flossing is the process of removing food particles that are stuck in places between the teeth. Flossing involves employing floss threads that are usually made of either Nylon or Teflon. Here are 9 steps to do a proper flossing.
- Take out approximately 20 inches of the floss thread from the floss thread container box.
- Start winding the floss thread in the middle fingers of both the hands. Ensure the middle section has 3-4 inches of thread left.
- Now get the floss thread portion in the middle of the two middle fingers under the control of your index fingers. This position is helpful for flossing your lower teeth.
- Now put the thread in between the teeth and reach out to the base of the teeth.
- Now gently begin to remove the food particles in the base of the teeth and inside the gum in a circular motion.
- Repeat this circular motion until every food particle caught in between are removed or between each crevice of the lower teeth.
- Similarly get the floss thread portion in the middle of the two middle fingers under the control of your thumb. This position is helpful for flossing your upper teeth.
- Make it a point to gargle well after completing the flossing process.
- As an addition you may also brush your teeth after flossing and gargling. Brushing the teeth after flossing helps in fluoride present in the teeth to reach everywhere which can strengthen the teeth and gums. You may also choose to massage your gums in circular motion with your forefingers. This action is said to strengthen your gums.