Everything You Have Ever Needed to Know About Flossing
At JJS Dentistry, we are committed to ensuring our patients are well-informed about every aspect of oral health. One cornerstone of dental hygiene often overlooked is flossing. While many diligently brush their teeth daily, the significance of flossing is frequently underestimated.
Let’s delve into why flossing should be a non-negotiable aspect of your dental care routine.
The importance of flossing
- Combat cavities between teeth
While brushing takes care of the outer surfaces of your teeth, it can’t reach the tiny spaces between them. Flossing ensures the food debris and plaque nestled in these crevices are removed, preventing the onset of cavities.
- Gum health and preventing gum disease
The plaque that builds up between teeth can lead to gum diseases like gingivitis. Regular flossing can prevent this build-up and keep your gums healthy and disease-free.
- Fight bad breath
Food particles trapped between the teeth can lead to bad breath. Flossing can keep your mouth fresh by eliminating these potential odour-causing culprits.
The right way to floss
Now that we’ve highlighted the importance of flossing let’s make sure you’re doing it correctly.
- Choose your floss
Different types of dental floss are available, from waxed to unwaxed, thick to thin, and even flavoured. Pick one that you feel comfortable with.
- Length matters
Tear off about 45 cm of floss. This length ensures you have a fresh section for each tooth.
- Wrapping technique
Start by wrapping the floss around each middle finger, leaving a few centimetres of floss to work with.
- The right motion
Hold the string tightly between your forefingers and thumbs. Gently slide it up and down between your teeth.
- Curving the floss
When you reach the gum line, curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently move it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
- Each tooth deserves attention
Don’t forget to floss the back of your last teeth. Use a fresh section of the floss as you move from one tooth to the next.
- Gentleness is key
Remember, your gums are sensitive. Avoid snapping the floss into the gums or flossing too roughly.
How often should you floss
In a perfect world, we would all floss after every meal to ensure no food remains lodged between our teeth. However, for most people, this might be impractical. Therefore, it’s essential to floss at least once a day.
Making it a nighttime ritual can be especially beneficial, as it ensures your teeth are clean and free from food particles overnight.
The benefits of flossing
- Regular flossing reduces the risk of cavities and gum diseases, ensuring a healthier mouth overall.
- No more being self-conscious about bad breath during close conversations.
- Regularly removing plaque and food particulars can lead to a brighter, more confident smile.
- Preventing dental issues by maintaining good oral hygiene can help you avoid expensive treatments later on.
By committing to just a few minutes daily to floss correctly, you can reap the benefits of a healthier, brighter smile. Remember, a string of floss is your teeth’s best friend, so make it a daily habit.
If you have questions or need more tips on maintaining a healthy smile, don’t hesitate to reach out or schedule an appointment. Happy flossing!