Beside brushing at least two times a day, flossing is another dental cleaning technique that is essential for a healthy and beautiful smile as any good dentist Highlands Ranch area will tell you. While brushing is efficient for removing the bacteria and the food residues from the front and the back side of the teeth, tooth brushes are not suitable for removing all the impurities that accumulate in the small spaces between the teeth, leaving bacteria there to fester, later turning into plaque. Using a piece of dental floss of suitable length eliminates contaminants from these tight places, so it is only through a combination of brushing and flossing that you can be sure your teeth are 100% clean.
Dental flossing is a quick and easy procedure that you should repeat every couple of days. Just take a piece of floss about 15-18 inches long, wrap each of its ends around an index finger or apply the floss on a floss holder, slide the floss between the teeth, bend it to form a C shape and move the floss in every direction, up and down as well as back and forth. Be thorough, but gentle and take care not to cut into the gum, especially if you have sensitive gums or you suffer from gum disease. When you have cleaned both sides of each pair of adjacent teeth, rinse your mouth thoroughly and use a mouthwash as well to further improve your dental health.