Many people don’t realize the importance of flossing. Flossing reaches what toothbrushes can’t—in-between your teeth. If the plaque isn’t removed, it combines with the sugars or starches of the foods that we eat, producing an acid that attacks tooth enamel. This can eventually lead to cavities.
Brushing removes plaque from the surfaces of the teeth, but only flossing can remove plaque that accumulates in between the teeth. So should you floss? Start with a full foot of floss and twirl the ends around the middle finger on each hand. With your thumb and forefinger, gently work the floss between two teeth, being careful not to pull it roughly or saw it back and forth to avoid injuring the gum. Wrap the floss around one tooth and wipe up and down to loosen and remove plaque. Then do the same on the next tooth and repeat.
Flossing in between your teeth is essential for avoiding periodontal disease as well as preventing tooth decay. Periodontal disease is one of the main causes of tooth loss in adults and can be easily prevented by flossing. Studies have even shown that flossing can also help prevent heart attacks and strokes.