Flossing may be a new part of your daily hygiene regimen. It’s important – crucial – to maintaining strong, healthy teeth and gums.
The main cause of gum disease is the sticky, colorless film that’s constantly forming on your teeth – plaque. The bacteria in plaque produce toxins that irritate and begin to destroy supporting gum tissue. Flossing removes the small bits of food between teeth that brushing misses, and – most importantly – disrupts and removes accumulating plaque and bacteria. Flossing also lightly stimulates the gums, keeping them pink, resilient and healthy.
What kind of floss?
You can use waxed, un-waxed, mint-flavored or whatever appeals to you. There is no “best” brand. You may find waxed floss is easier to get between teeth. You may also prefer flossing tape or yarn to the standard string floss.
How to floss?
Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind it around your two middle fingers. Pull the floss taut and insert the string between the teeth with a gentle sawing motion. Bring the floss up and down the sides of both teeth five or six times, lightly touching the gum. Don’t force it. After flossing each side of the teeth, pull the string out, again with an easy sawing movement. Don’t forget the far sides of your back four teeth. When the floss becomes frayed or soiled, wind a new section around.
Rinse vigorously with water or a recommended mouthwash, then brush.
If you have any questions about flossing, or want us to check your technique, just ask.