Do you floss every day? You should start!

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If you’re like most people, you probably don’t floss every day. You may even skip flossing some days or weeks. But did you know that flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth?

Think about it: Every time you eat, bits of food get stuck in your teeth. If you don’t floss, those bits of food will start to decay, which can lead to cavities. Plus, the more food that’s stuck in your teeth, the more bacteria will grow. That bacteria can cause gum disease, which is a serious condition that can lead to tooth loss.

So what’s the best way to floss? The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends using a waxed or unwaxed floss that’s about 18 inches long. Wrap most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with.

Gently insert the floss between your teeth. Use a back-and-forth motion to rub the floss against the side of each tooth. Be careful not to snap the floss into your gums. When you get to the gum line, curve the floss into a C shape and slide it up and down against the tooth.

Don’t forget to floss the backs of your last molars. Once you’re finished flossing, throw the floss away. Rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash.

If you’re not sure how to floss, ask your dentist or dental hygienist for a demonstration. They can also give you tips on the best type of floss to use.

So what are you waiting for? Start flossing today!

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