The majority of gum disease starts between teeth. Although brushing your teeth gets rid of most plaque on the surface, they don't clean very well between each tooth. This is where flossing comes in handy. Although flossing is one of the hardest techniques to learn, it is extremely important in taking care of your teeth and mouth. There have been arguments on the most proper way or technique used to floss: using strings manually or using a floss pick. Both do the job of flossing but there are some differences in techniques.

String Floss

The basic technique to floss with string is to take about a foot of string and wrap the ends on your index fingers leaving about two inches of floss to work with. While holding the floss tightly between your fingers, you want to gently slide it between your teeth. Be sure not to go too deep into your gum; this will cause a stinging sensation or pain. Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth and go beneath the gum line. As you move to another tooth, be sure to use clean sections of the floss so you aren't rubbing the plaque onto a different tooth. Remove the floss the same way you put it in.

There are many perks in using manual floss. String floss tends to last a longer period of time. A roll of floss can be used for many days while a floss stick will last only one flossing session. Rolls of floss can come in a variety of flavors as well as waxed or non-waxed options. Depending on your teeth, one option may be better than the other. Some people have trouble reaching all of the teeth in their mouth while flossing; this is where floss sticks come in hand.

Floss Stick

There are two types of floss sticks or floss picks. There is a flat and curved type. Although both types work, the curved floss stick is designed to get to all areas of the mouth. Using a floss stick is the same as using your fingers and string, but let the stick do the work for you. Use a gentle sawing motion to get in between teeth, scrape the film and plaque away and take the stick out. The stick does most of the work for you which is why most people prefer using it over manual string floss.

While flossing, you may need one or even two floss sticks during the session, depending on how often you floss. Using multiple sticks can get costly. In conclusion, it doesn't matter if you want to use a floss stick or the string floss, as long as you are flossing! Be sure to floss every day to keep plaque and other build-up out of your teeth. Preventing gum disease and having a beautiful smile is what it's all about.

Airfloss Pro

A new technique or tool used for flossing is Philips' Sonicare Airfloss Pro. Although this new tool does not fall under one of the two main methods or techniques, the Airfloss Pro is proven as effective as floss when improving gum health. There are three simple steps to getting healthier gums with the Airfloss Pro; just fill with water, point and press to clean your teeth. Removing up to 99.9% of plaque that brushing misses, the Airfloss Pro can also prevent cavities from forming in between your teeth. Visit their website for more information on the Philips Sonicare Airfloss Pro.

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