Posted by Default Admin on 30 October 2015

Everyone knows you should brush your teeth twice-daily. However, there's much more uncertainty about flossing and what part it should play in your oral hygiene regime. It is actually a vital part of preventing tooth decay and subsequent problems. Here are some key facts about flossing:

It relies on good technique

The stronger your technique, the greater the effect of flossing on your dental health will be. You should wrap one to two inches of floss around your teeth and pull the excess around your fingers to keep the floss tense. Then steadily bring the floss up and down, pulling it against the surface of your teeth. Curve the floss and bring it down into the gum-line - this time being particulary cautious so that there is no discomfort in the gums. New clean floss must be used for each tooth.

It must be done twice a day

You should floss alongside brushing. Whether you do this just before or just after brushing is a personal choice. Any food derbis left in the mouth will be utilised by bacteria as a source of energy. When the bacteria break the food down, they will release acid, which contributes towards tooth decay. Flossing will help prevent this.

It has options

The dental product market has several different types of floss available. You can pick whichever works best for you. The range extends to include oral irrigators - which use pulsating water for a flossing effect. It's worth exploring your options - and when in doubt, always consult your dentist.

If you have any questions, please call us on 01443 887587 or book an appointment online.