Cleaning in between your teeth is essential for good oral health as tooth brush bristles are unable to thoroughly clean between the tight contacts of teeth. Flossing with dental floss as part of your daily oral hygiene regime is an effective way to clean these areas where the toothbrush cannot reach. Studies show that flossing once a day reduces the risk of dental decay, gum disease and bad breath.
How do I floss?
1. Use a piece of floss approximately 30- 40cm long. A short piece of floss may make it more difficult to effectively clean between your teeth.
2. Wrap the floss around your fingers to leave a small section for cleaning.
3. Gently work floss through in-between your teeth.
4. Create a C-shape with the floss around the tooth.
5. Gently move the floss up and down to just underneath the gumline.
6. Use a clean section of floss of each tooth.
For further information or guidance of how to floss speak to one of our dentists at your next appointment.
Should I floss before or after tooth brushing?
Flossing before or after toothbrushing removes more dental plaque than brushing alone. Recent studies indicate that flossing prior to brushing is more effective at removing plaque deposits and theoretically allows fluoride from toothpaste to reach the cleaned surfaces between teeth.
How often do I need to floss?
Flossing once a day is recommended. It is important to note that incorrect and/or excessive flossing can cause damage and irritation of the gums and soft tissues.