How to floss your teeth properly

Proper teeth flossing

Proper teeth flossing

Proper flossing is important. Each tooth has 5 sides that are affected by the plaque that grows on the sides of the teeth. Of the 5 sides, 3 of the sides can be cleaned effectively by a toothbrush. The sides that are close to each other and touch in a small contact area are not effectively cleaned with a toothbrush and must be cleaned by something that will fit between the teeth. In a healthy mouth, there is a triangular piece of gum that fills most of this area. This triangular piece of gum filling the space between the teeth houses most of the plaque that must be removed from these surfaces. To effectively clean this area, it is important not only to pop the floss through the contact of the two teeth, but also to wrap the floss around the tooth and rub the floss up and down on the surface of the tooth down to the bottom of the side of the triangle. This removes the plaque from this area. This is the area most responsible for causing gum disease and bleeding gums.