It is essential to floss your teeth at least once each day to maintain good dental and periodontal health. Flossing removes plaque from between your teeth where periodontal (gum) disease and cavities begin. Those who develop gum disease later in life commonly do not floss, or do not floss properly.
Proper Flossing Techniques:
- Use enough floss to hold the ends comfortably in your hands
- Wrap the floss around your index fingers and support it with your thumbs
- Floss at least once a day, ideally after meals or at least before bedtime.
- Slide the floss between tooth contacts with a back and forth motion being careful not to "snap" the floss through as it may injure gum tissue.
- Once the floss is between your teeth, wrap it into a "C" shape around the surface of each tooth and move the floss up and down the tooth surface 4 - 5 times.
- Since plaque is very sticky, it is necessary to perform these steps or plaque will be left behind.
- Floss holders are available for those who have difficulty reaching the back teeth.
- Children should begin flossing as early as possible, with parents help.
Flossing is a vital component of good dental and general health. Just two minutes of proper flossing will promote a healthier, happier smile and better overall general health. Contact us today for more tips on improving your dental health.