Flossing seems simple, but you could be doing it wrong. Read our blog to learn the right way to floss!
We’ve previously named flossing as one of our five best tips for a brighter smile, and for good reason. Flossing should be an integral part of your daily dental hygiene routine because it can help remove plaque, preventing gum disease and tooth decay.
After brushing your teeth, you have cleaned the front, the back and the chewing surface of the tooth, but you haven’t cleaned the sides of the tooth, which you can only really get to by flossing.
This means that you’re only cleaning 60% of the tooth if you don’t floss!
Here’s how to floss properly:
- Gently thread the floss between your teeth. Avoid causing gum damage by pulling it down sharply.
- Make a ‘C’ shape around the neck of the tooth with the floss.
- Move the floss from side to side or up and down.
- Make sure you go just beneath your gum line.
- Make sure you get both sides of every tooth.
What most people don’t know, which makes it extremely important, is this: go beneath the gum line. Your toothbrush can’t reach beneath the gum line, which is why it’s a prime spot for nasty bacteria to hang out and cause damage if you don’t floss properly!
Make sure you are gentle too, though. You don’t want to damage your gums by going too far underneath or by being too harsh.
Regular floss works great. Grab somewhere around 30-45 cm of floss, hold it tightly between your fingers, and get to work, using a couple of centimetres at a time.
The reason for the long length is that you want to make sure that you “change” the area of floss you use every so often. You don’t want to move the bacteria from one area to another!
You can also buy dental floss picks from your dental surgery, and most chemists and supermarkets. They aren’t necessarily better than regular floss, but some do find these easier to use.
If you want to go the extra mile, you can also purchase an oral irrigator, also known as an air floss or dental water jet. This is an electrically powered device that uses a stream of water to clean between your teeth.
You can discuss your dental health with one of our friendly and professional dentists today by booking an appointment online!