Flossing, just like brushing, is a very important oral hygiene habit. Plaque is a yellow-colored sticky film that builds upon your teeth and contributes to cavities and gum disease. Flossing helps clean the areas between your teeth where stuck food particles contribute to bacteria and plaque buildup.
Even though most people brush their teeth, the majority of them do not floss regularly. And simply flossing is not not enough; it has to be done in the right way to reap its benefits. If flossing is done improperly, it can damage your teeth and gums.
Aside from the correct way of flossing, it is also essential to know the right timing to floss. Some people floss after brushing their teeth. However, it should be done the other way around: floss and then brush your teeth.
When you floss, the food particles stuck between your teeth come out and then are cleaned out by brushing. If the opposite is done, the food particles remain in your mouth until the next time you brush your teeth.
Dental floss comes in a lot of varieties. The type of floss that suits you depends on your personal preferences, the amount of gap in between your teeth, if you're wearing braces, or if you have bridges.
Types of floss include:
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