At King Street Dental, we never get tired of saying it, but one of the most important tools you can use to drastically improve your dental health is a simple flossing thread. When done correctly, flossing cleans out food debris from all the places your toothbrush cannot reach, which prevents plaque build-up.
The gaps and crevices between our teeth are perfect for the accumulation of bad bacteria which thrive on food that is left behind. When bacteria break down this food, abrasive acids are created which wear away tooth enamel and give rise to sulphurous compounds which contribute to bad breath. With the right flossing technique, you can preserve your teeth and reduce your chances of serious dental diseases which can negatively affect overall health.
Choosing the Right Floss for You
These days, you can choose between a range of dental flosses such as waxed, unwaxed as well as flavoured varieties. If the gaps between your teeth are small, or you have braces you may want to opt for a waxed floss which can slip easily between tight gaps.
For those with wide gaps between their teeth, dental tape might solve the problem of precise cleaning as it is thicker than string floss.
For patients who live with limited hand mobility, a pick floss would be the ideal choice as it can be held with one hand and used to great effect. Similarly, interdental brushes are perfect for those looking for convenience and easy handling.
Water flossers are handheld tools which shoot a thin stream of water accurately at hard-to-reach parts of the mouth. This is particularly useful for people who wear dental appliances.
Learn How to Floss The Right Way
To achieve the perfect flossing technique, use around 18 inches of floss and wrap it around the thickest part of your index fingers. By starting with a sufficient amount of floss, you can floss all your teeth in one sitting.
Slip the floss between your teeth and carefully rub the floss between your gums and teeth in a smooth motion. Using too much force could cut or irritate your gums and cause inflammation. Take the time to floss between each pair of teeth, unwrapping new floss from around your index finger as required.
Pay special attention to the molars at the back. This is where most cases of gum disease and tooth decay start, so make sure to take your time with that area.
Finally, rinse your mouth with water or an anti-bacterial mouthwash. Rinsing the mouth washes away any stray food particles that could remain in your mouth.
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To get the most out of your flossing routine, be sure to remain patient and consistent with it, day after day. At first you may experience bleeding gums, but this is a good sign, and it indicates that your teeth haven’t been flossed in some time. The simple act of flossing can prevent the onset of periodontal disease and help manage overall health. Contact King Street Dental today for more information on oral hygiene, or book an appointment with us today!