Maven Dental Group's tip number 3 of Dental Health Week is to floss your teeth once a day!
Why flossing is important
Flossing is an important part of your oral health process as it removes food particles and bacteria from your teeth that can lead to plaque. The reason it is important to remove plaque from your mouth is that it can lead to gum disease, tooth decay or bad breath.
Flossing can reach areas that your tooth brush can't get to - so add flossing to your oral health routine.
How many times a day should I be flossing my teeth?
Flossing once a day is highly recommended. It generally takes around 24 hours for plaque to build up in your mouth, so dislodging this build-up is very important. Flossing is recommended to children whenever two teeth begin to touch.
How to floss your teeth
The following guidelines around how to floss your teeth were taken from the ADA (Australian Dental Association):
Your dentist is the most qualified person to instruct you on flossing correctly but there are some basic tips you can follow:
Tip 1. Wind approximately 45 cm of floss around your middle fingers and grip it tightly between your thumbs and index fingers.
Tip 2. Keeping the thumb and forefingers close together, gently guide the floss between the teeth, taking care not to cut or damage your gums with abrupt movement. You should use a side-to-side motion to ensure the sides of both teeth are cleaned equally.
Tip 3. To clean the “neck” of the tooth, which is the point where it meets the gums, curl the floss and insert it gently under the gum.
If sticking your fingers into your mouth with a cord of thin filaments strung between them isn’t your idea of fun, then consider using either a less invasive floss threader (a nylon loop through which you thread the floss) or floss pick (the floss is held taut between two prongs on a handle) to do the job.
And finally, your dentist might also recommend using other items such as bottle brush-shaped interdental cleaners, if you have large gaps between your teeth, or interdental tips (flexible rubber tips) and irrigators (electrically-powered water-pumping devices) to compliment your flossing regimen.
Do you know the most effective way to brush your teeth? Read our blog from yesterday - Tips For Effective Teeth Brushing.