Flossing – What You Need To Know.

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Flossing – What You Need To Know.

06, Mar 2024

   

Did you know that brushing your teeth only removes about 60% of the plaque on your teeth? Plaque generates acid which can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and lead to gum disease or tooth decay.

 

Studies show that flossing can remove up to 80% of plaque from in between teeth. This is why proper flossing is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. Flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gumline and in-between your teeth, which helps to reduce the risk of interdental cavities.

 

Here are some tips to improve your flossing routine:

 

Floss Before Brushing

 

It is best practice to floss before brushing so that any particles released by flossing can be removed from the mouth. If the tooth surfaces have first been cleaned by floss, it also allows the fluoride in your toothpaste to better coat and protect those surfaces.

 

Use Enough Floss

 

Ensure that you use the correct amount of floss, ideally you should break off around 18 to 24 inches. To hold the floss correctly, wind most of it around your middle fingers, leaving 1 to 2 inches of floss for your teeth.

 

How Often Should You Floss?

 

You should floss once a day and we would recommend doing so before bed, this helps to remove food particles and bacteria that has accumulated on your teeth during the day. The production of saliva slows down during sleep so it is less likely that food particles will be washed away during the night.

 

Correct Technique

 

To receive maximum benefits from flossing, use the following proper technique:

 

1.Starting with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with.

2. Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth.

3. Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gumline. Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue.

4. Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

5. To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth.

 

 

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