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Flossing

Did you know that  nearly half the surface area of your teeth lies between them.

So, if you’re solely relying on brushing you’re not cleaning a large portion of your teeth! Ultimately, this can affect how healthy your teeth and gums are. By removing the plaque from between your teeth, you’re helping to prevent gum disease, tooth decay and halitosis, otherwise known as “bad breath”.

So flossing, or interdental cleaning as it’s officially known, is an essential part of caring for your teeth and gums, and not some kind of “nice to have” added extra.

Ideally, you should floss your teeth once per day, either in the morning or night, or even after lunch, for at least two minutes..just be careful not to damage your gums. If you are flossing for the first time, it may be difficult at first, but over time it will become much easier….it’s all in the technique.

Flossing technique

  • Take about 45cm of floss and wrap the ends around the second finger of each hand, leaving only a small piece between the two hands.
  • With one of the fingers in the mouth, draw the floss down into the gap between two teeth using a gentle see-sawing action until it slips just slightly under the gum level.
  • Wrap the floss around one side of the tooth and use a wiping action to remove plaque and food debris.
  • Re-insert a clean section of floss between the same two teeth.
  • Wrap the floss around the other tooth and wipe the side of that tooth.
  • Repeat these steps around the mouth until the spaces between all teeth have been cleaned.

During your consultation with one of our Hygienists, they will be able to provide advice on the best method for cleaning your teeth and gums. Alternative options such as Pixters and TePe Brushes may be suggested if applicable.

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