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Why Flossing is Important?

Why Flossing is Important?

The use of dental floss contributes to healthy gums by removing bacterial plaque. Brushing alone cannot remove plaque that is located in places that a toothbrush cannot reach-particularly between teeth.

In addition to removing plaque, flossing also helps to:

  • Remove debris that adheres to teeth and gums in between teeth.
  • Polish tooth surfaces.
  1. Waxed- Smooth waxed surface helps to prevent injury to soft tissues
  2. Unwaxed- Thinner floss maybe helpful when contact areas are tight
  3. How should flossing be done?Flossing can most simply and effectively be done by the spool or finger-wrap method.
  4. Wind 12-18” of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumb and index fingers, leaving 1-2” length between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.
  5. Keep a 1-2” length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of lower teeth.
  6. Gently guide floss between the teeth using zig-zag motion. Do not snap floss between your teeth. Contour floss around the side of the teeth.
  7. Once inserted, it is best to bring the floss up and down making sure to go below the gumline, forming a “C” on the side of each tooth. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.

Flossing tools, such as pre threaded flosser or floss holder maybe helpful for people who are just learning to floss, persons with limited dexterity in their hands/arms, or persons who are flossing the teeth of someone else (particularly a child or disabled person).

How often should I floss my teeth?

Unless otherwise recommended, flossing should take place once at night before brushing to be most effective.

When to floss?

Ideally, flossing should be done before tooth brushing because when proximal (in between) tooth surfaces are being cleaned, the fluoride from toothpaste used while brushing reaches the proximal surfaces, for prevention of dental caries.

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