Floss The Dentists’ Way

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Flossing may not be your favourite task of the day, but your oral health yearns for it and praises you for doing it the right way. Brushing and flossing together is the dream team for preventative care. 

Your dentist reminds you about flossing to promote and help you maintain your dental wellness. If you start making flossing a habit it means you’re most likely to keep good dental health and need fewer visits to the dentist. 

The point of flossing is to reach into the spaces between teeth and clear away food and other debris that can get stuck and would otherwise cause decay. Flossing requires a bit of technique.

Here are some tips to help you floss the dentists’ way:

  • Dentists generally recommend waxed floss because it slides between the teeth more smoothly and easier than unwaxed.
  • You can start with about 15-18 inches of floss. Wrap the extra length on each end around both middle fingers and leave a few inches between them. Gently, slide the floss up and down between each tooth in a rubbing motion. Gently work the floss into the space between the gum line and the tooth.
  • Focus on the back molars and really work the floss into the furthest tooth. (Don’t be lazy and only focus on the front teeth)
  • Ideally, you should floss after every meal or snack. But, if you can only do it once, it is more advisable to do it before bedtime. This will reduce the rate of bacteria that builds up during the night. 
  • Keep single-use, disposable floss in your bag everywhere you go. It is especially helpful after going out for lunch or dinner. 

Make sure to consult your dentist if you feel pain or bleeding when you floss.  This is to check for gum disease, although it is normal for slight bleeding to occur when you first start flossing. To book an appointment or leave some helpful feedback, contact The Mall today.

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Flossing may not be your favourite task of the day, but your oral health yearns for it and praises you for doing it the right way. Brushing and flossing together is the dream team for preventative care. 

Your dentist reminds you about flossing to promote and help you maintain your dental wellness. If you start making flossing a habit it means you’re most likely to keep good dental health and need fewer visits to the dentist. 

The point of flossing is to reach into the spaces between teeth and clear away food and other debris that can get stuck and would otherwise cause decay. Flossing requires a bit of technique.

Here are some tips to help you floss the dentists’ way:

  • Dentists generally recommend waxed floss because it slides between the teeth more smoothly and easier than unwaxed.
  • You can start with about 15-18 inches of floss. Wrap the extra length on each end around both middle fingers and leave a few inches between them. Gently, slide the floss up and down between each tooth in a rubbing motion. Gently work the floss into the space between the gum line and the tooth.
  • Focus on the back molars and really work the floss into the furthest tooth. (Don’t be lazy and only focus on the front teeth)
  • Ideally, you should floss after every meal or snack. But, if you can only do it once, it is more advisable to do it before bedtime. This will reduce the rate of bacteria that builds up during the night. 
  • Keep single-use, disposable floss in your bag everywhere you go. It is especially helpful after going out for lunch or dinner. 

Make sure to consult your dentist if you feel pain or bleeding when you floss.  This is to check for gum disease, although it is normal for slight bleeding to occur when you first start flossing. To book an appointment or leave some helpful feedback, contact The Mall today.

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