The Basics of Flossing

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If you are one who doesn’t quite understand the basics and fundamentals of flossing, this is the perfect blog for you! Flossing is an important and vital technique that is required if you wish to have a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile, and it is easier than you think. To help you understand flossing a little more, we have provided the following Q&A:

Question: Why is flossing important?
Answer: Flossing is extremely important because it eliminates the plaque from your smile. If you do not remove the plaque daily, your oral cavity is vulnerable to gum disease and tooth loss.

Question: How do I floss?
Answer: First, take 18 inches of floss out of the floss container. Then, wrap the floss around your pointer fingers and leave about 2 inches of floss between your fingers. Next, use your thumbs and index fingers and gently slide the floss between your teeth. Now, move the floss up and down and release the food particles that are stuck there. Gently curve the floss against the base of the tooth and clean around and below the gumline. Repeat this technique between each tooth and remember to use a new and clean section of floss as you proceed to clean your smile.

Question: What do I use to floss?
Answer: There are many products available in the dental world today that make flossing convenient and easy, like:

• Dental Floss
• Pre-threaded flossers
• Dental picks
• Water flossers
• Wood plaque removers
• Small toothbrushes that successfully clean between your teeth

When it comes to the floss itself, you are likely to find two different types of floss: Nylon and PTFE. Nylon floss is the most common and it is available waxed and unwaxed as well as flavored. PTFE floss is a more expensive type of floss and it successfully slides between your teeth without shredding.

Question: When is the best time to floss?
Answer: Many people floss at night, right before they go to bed. That way, they go to sleep with a clean mouth. However, as long as you floss your teeth at least once a day, it does not matter what time you do it.

If you would like to learn more about flossing, call our office today! We are here to help you understand and love flossing.