You know the routine; brush and floss twice daily in order to keep your mouth at optimum performance. Flossing is especially important because it can reach the nooks and crannies that a toothbrush can’t touch. Think about all the food you consume in just a single day. That’s a lot of food particles that need to be removed from under the gum line and between your teeth. The longer these and other bacteria stay in your mouth, the more likely you are to suffer from tooth decay and gum disease. You’d be surprised how many patients are clueless on how to properly floss. For those of you who know how to properly floss, keep doing what you’re doing. For everyone else, get ready to learn how to floss the right way. Our Brookfield, WI office is here to the rescue!
Flossing The Correct Way
Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles that are stuck in your teeth and under the gum line. Even the food particles you can’t see or feel can remain stuck in your teeth for long periods of time. Not only can this take a toll on your gums, but your breath, too. Days-old food that’s been rotting away in your mouth can turn your breath into a smelly problem. Bad breath can turn people off and affect your personal and workplace relationships.
To receive maximum benefits from flossing, use the following proper technique:
- Tear off roughly 18 inches of floss and wind each end around your middle index fingers, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with.
- Hold the floss firmly between your thumbs and index fingers and slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth.
- Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, ensuring you go beneath the gum line.
- Don’t snap or force the floss – it could cut or bruise delicate gum tissue.
- Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
- To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth.
How you floss is a major determining factor in how healthy your mouth stays. In some cases, the type of floss you use can have as much of an impact, if not more. Nylon and PTFE (monofilament) floss differ, yet when used properly, both are excellent at removing plaque and debris. Nylon is prone to tearing, especially between teeth with tight contact points. We’d suggest opting for PTFE as it slides easily between teeth, even in tight spaces, and is virtually shred-resistant.
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If you have any questions regarding the proper flossing technique, we’d love to hear from you. Our office in Brookfield, WI is proud to extend services to our fellow Wisconsin residents in New Berlin, West Allis, Pewaukee, Wauwatosa and beyond. To receive fantastic dental care from a great dentist, Brookfield residents know who they can trust: the pros at Elmbrook Family Dental.