How To Get Rid of Bad Breath

woman flossing her teeth

The proper technique of flossing your teeth

This article explains everything you need to know in order to properly floss your teeth.

Why floss?

Flossing is very important if you want to have fresh breath. No matter how well you brush your teeth there are limits to where the bristles of the brush can reach. Proper flossing removes the plaque and food particles that brushing is unable to remove. If you do not floss, the food particles between your teeth will start to break down and cause you to have bad breath. Not only does it cause bad breath but it may even cause gum disease and tooth decay.

How often should you floss?

It is recommended that you floss at least once a day, but try to floss before every brushing. The most important time to floss is before you go to sleep for the night so the particles between your teeth do not have all night to sit there decaying. Make sure you at least do it every night before bed.

What type of floss should you use?

There are basically two types of floss from which to choose:

Try both types to figure out which you prefer.

When? Before or after brushing?

Floss before brushing. Flossing loosens plaque and particles between your teeth and brushing after can help further remove them. After you brush make sure you use mouthwash or swish water in your mouth and then spit it out to remove the unwanted particles out of your mouth.

How to floss

person flossing teeth
  1. Get a piece, 16-22 inches long.

  2. Wind one end around 1 index finger about 3 times and wind the other end around your other index finger about 3 or more times.

  3. Grip the floss with your thumbs and slide between a tooth, move the floss up and down and in and out multiple times from different angles.

  4. As you floss your teeth you want a fresh portion of the floss, so unwind a loop from one finger and wind it up the other as you go.

  5. After you are done with all your teeth, make sure you rinse your mouth out to remove all the dislodged particles.

Note: If your gums start to bleed a little, don't worry it happens. Just be a little more gentle next time.

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by Lucia on Dec 23, 2016 | 2:16 PM


I have a problem with coordination when it comes to flossing. What is the general belief with the pick flossers?

by Min on Apr 27, 2015 | 7:23 AM

how do you get the floss in between?

by Jen on Oct 15, 2014 | 12:44 AM
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