What is flossing?
Flossing is a dental hygiene procedure that removes plaque and food particles from between teeth and under the gumline, where a toothbrush cannot easily reach. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that can build up on teeth and lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Why is flossing important?
Flossing is important because it helps to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Gum disease is a serious condition that can damage the gums and lead to tooth loss. It has also been linked to other health problems, such as heart disease and stroke. Tooth decay is the destruction of tooth enamel, which can lead to cavities and tooth loss.
How often should I floss?
You should floss once a day, ideally before bed. This will help to remove any plaque and food particles that have accumulated throughout the day.
What types of floss are available?
There are two main types of floss: waxed and unwaxed. Waxed floss is easier to glide between teeth, but it can be more difficult to shred. Unwaxed floss is more likely to shred, but it is also more effective at removing plaque.
There are also a variety of flavored flosses available. Choose a floss that you find comfortable and easy to use.
How do I floss properly?
To floss properly, follow these steps:
- Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around each middle finger, leaving a few inches to work with.
- Hold the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, and slide it gently up and down between your teeth.
- Curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure to go below the gumline.
- Use a clean section of floss for each tooth.
- To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring it up and away from the teeth.
What if I have tight spaces between my teeth?
If you have tight spaces between your teeth, you may want to use a floss threader or interdental brushes. These tools can help you to reach and clean even the most difficult-to-reach areas.
What if I have sensitive gums?
If you have sensitive gums, you may want to use a waxed floss or a floss with a coating of fluoride. These types of floss are less likely to irritate your gums.
What if I have braces or other dental appliances?
If you have braces or other dental appliances, it is important to floss carefully around them. You may need to use a floss threader or interdental brushes to reach and clean all of the areas around your appliances.
Talk to your dentist
If you have any questions or concerns about flossing, talk to your dentist. They can help you find the right flossing technique for you and provide you with tips on how to make flossing easier. You can also book a consultation with us at Sbenati Dentistry and we’ll be more than willing to help you with any of your dental concerns. [https://calendly.com/sbenatidentistry/interview]
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