How much time do we spend flossing? Do we just brush our teeth and forget about flossing all together?
Removing plaque from our teeth can be done by flossing, even more effectively than brushing. No matter how well and long we brush and how modern and new our tooth brush is it cannot remove all the debris in between the teeth and under the gum line.
Flossing – An Important Dental Habit
Not flossing means that we don’t clean almost 30% of each tooth, leaving room for bacteria to attack our gums and teeth. The bacteria buildup will lead to a myriad of problems such as gum irritation, gum infection, teeth decay, swelling, and other oral diseases.
To begin flossing, simply take a 15-18 inch piece of floss and wind the most of it around the middle finger. Wind the reminder of the floss around the middle finger of your other hand. As the floss becomes soiled this finger will take up the floss as we use it.
Get the floss between the teeth with your index finger and thumbs, wipe each tooth from base to tip two to three times. Floss every tooth, you’ll be amazed how much the toothbrush has missed!
Spend a couple of minutes flossing at least once a day. Do a light brush with the toothbrush after flossing. It will make flossing more effective.
Dental floss comes in a wide variety. There are lots to pick from. Waxed or not waxed, with flavor or without. You can even choose dental irrigators if you have the budget. These irrigators rely on water pressure to remove plaque.
People with bridgework should use dental floss regularly to remove debris hidden under the dental bridge areas. You should also bear in mind that flossing is a powerful weapon in fighting plaque and prevent gum disease.
Important Notes on Flossing
Don’t worry if you can’t get the technique of flossing perfectly. That’s only the beginning! With practice, you will get better and develop a flossing technique on your own. Or better yet – use a dental irrigator.
Boeriu Implant Dentistry is ready to answer your questions about flossing. Contact us today if you want to know more or if you need a dental appointment!