The Importance of Flossing

The Importance of Flossing

February 2016

 

You may be brushing a few times every day, but if you’re not taking the time to floss as well, your smile is not getting all the attention it deserves.

In general, we recommend flossing at least once  a day ( twice if you can) to remove the food that has collected between your teeth during the day. If you choose not to floss, this food can stimulate the growth of decay-causing bacteria. It can also turn into plaque over time. Together, bacteria and plaque release toxins that cause bad breath, in addition to destroying tooth enamel and causing gum disease. And once gum disease sets in, there is no absolute cure.

That’s why flossing is so important.

How to Floss Effectively

If you’re not sure how to floss effectively, let your dentist or hygienist know at your next appointment. They would be happy to show you how. For best results, floss between every tooth, including your very back teeth.

5 Steps to a Flawless Floss

We know we should floss at least once a day, but not everyone knows the right way to do it. Use this step-by-step guide to find out how to properly floss your teeth:

Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty.
 

Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.

 

Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Never snap the floss into the gums.

 

When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.

 

Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up and down motions. Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth. Don’t forget the back side of your last tooth.

Once you’re finished, throw the floss away. A used piece of floss won’t be as effective and could leave bacteria behind in your mouth.

Your dental team can also recommend a specific type of floss for you to use, in addition to talking with you about the rest of your oral health routine. For optimal oral health we recommend that everyone ought to;

  • Brush at least twice a day, or after every meal if possible
  • Floss at least once – twice a day is better
  • Use interdental brushes made by TePe- ,Sensodyne and others
  • Rinse with an antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash (which is alcohol free)

To put it simply – Floss the teeth you want to keep 

We are here to help – contact us on 020 84272543 or visit our web site

http://www.harrow-dentist.com for more information or to arrange an appointment

Take a look at Oral B  for a range of different dental floss products.In additIon Johnson&Johnson, Colgate and Sensodyne ,Te Pe ,make excellent oral hygiene products

Acknowledgement to Best DentistNews