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How to Floss Your Teeth Properly

Flossing your teeth properly is one of the best ways to prevent cavities and tooth decay. Flossing removes plaque and food particles under the gums and around the teeth which brushing just can’t reach. Regular flossing also helps prevent gum disease and contributes to your overall health. Studies have shown a direct link to oral health and your overall health. But if you don’t know how to floss your teeth properly you may not be reaping the many benefits of this health oral hygiene habit.

Which Floss is the Best Choice?

Dental floss comes in two types; nylon (or multifilament) floss, and PTFE (monofilament) floss. Nylon floss come in waxed and unwaxed options and in many flavors. Nylon floss is made from many strands of nylon and while it may be cheaper then PTFE floss, it may shred and break between your teeth. PTFE is made from one filament and is strong and won’t break or shred. It glides easily between teeth, even in tight contact points. Both types of floss are acceptable when used properly, so try both and see which type you like the best.

How to Floss Your Teeth

Proper flossing technique cleans your teeth and under the gum line effectively. This protects your teeth and gums from disease and decay. Flossing daily is recommended for the best results. For the best results floss your teeth before you brush them. This helps remove the food debris and plaque from your teeth and mouth effectively.

Begin with about 18 inches of floss. Wind most of the floss around each of your middle fingers with an inch or two between your hands. Hold the floss tightly and slide it up and down between your teeth gently. Curve the floss around the base of each tooth getting below the gum line. Do not force or snap the floss to prevent cutting or bruising the gum tissue. Gently move the floss back and forth to clean the teeth and to remove it from the teeth. Use a new strand of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

Benefits of Flossing

Flossing not only removes the food debris caught between and around your teeth, but it also helps remove plaque. Food debris and plaque may harden into tartar, a hard mineral deposit, which promotes tooth decay and gum disease. Gingivitis is a painful gum disease characterized by swollen and bleeding gums. Proper flossing daily can help prevent the buildup of tartar and the development of gingivitis.

Call or contact our office today and ask about the benefits of regular flossing. We’d be happy to demonstrate proper flossing technique and talk to you about its many benefits. We look forward to hearing from you very soon!