Flossing Like Your Dentist

One in three Brits has never flossed their teeth in their entire life, says the British Dental Health Foundation.

Flossing may not seem like the most enjoyable task, but your dental health calls for it. Flossing, together with brushing, is part of the preventative care that promotes and maintains dental wellness.

Flosses reach into the spaces between teeth and clear away food and other debris that can get stuck and would otherwise form decay. While it sounds fairly simple, flossing requires a bit of technique.

Here are some tips to help you floss like a dentist:

What material to use: Dentists generally recommend waxed floss because it slides between the teeth more smoothly and easier than un-waxed ones. If you want the best material, some would recommend PTFE (Teflon) floss because it is more resistant to shredding, compared with Nylon.

How to floss: 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. Upon reaching the gum line, gently work the floss into the space between the gum line and the tooth.

People tend to get lazy and do only the front or the most accessible teeth, leaving out the back. This time, focus on the back molars and really work the floss into the furthest tooth.

When to floss: 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. Your mouth produces less saliva during sleep, so it allows more bacterial to build up. If you floss before bed, it can reduce the rate of bacteria building up at night.

How to floss while out and about: Keep single-use, disposable floss in your bag everywhere you go. It is especially helpful at dinner parties when you have a piece of food stuck in your teeth.

If you feel pain or bleeding when you floss, consult your dentist immediately to check for any gum disease. As your partner in dental care, we want the best for your teeth, and that includes teaching you about the importance of flossing and how to do it right.

To make an appointment or leave feedback, contact The Mall Stockport today.

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