Flossing is the act of cleaning between one’s teeth using dental floss. Flossing is indeed an important part of your oral care routine which is why your dentist advises you to floss every time you visit him.
Food and bacteria like to hide in the spaces between your teeth and no matter how thoroughly you brush your toothbrush bristles just can’t reach them. That’s where flossing comes handy! Flossing removes plaque from areas that the toothbrush can’t reach i.e. between your teeth and under the gum line and helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath.
To floss efficiently, you need to break off and wrap about 18 to 20 inches of floss around your middle fingers, winding each end of the floss into middle finger of each hand leaving a few inches of floss to clean your teeth with.
People who have difficulty handling dental floss may prefer to use another kind of interdental cleaner such as special brushes. If you use interdental cleaners, ask your dentist how to use them properly to avoid injuring your gums.