Floss works wonders when it comes to oral hygiene. Proper flossing removes plaque and debris that sticks to teeth and gums in between teeth, polishes tooth surfaces, and controls bad breath. Flossing is an important tool to use against plaque and, in a way, can be more important than the toothbrush. By flossing teeth daily, the chances of keeping healthy teeth for a lifetime and decreasing the chance of getting gum disease are increased.
Choosing the right floss
Believe it or not, there are studies on dental floss preferences. Choosing a dental floss is as individual as choosing any other personal hygiene product.
Wide floss, or dental tape, may be helpful for people with a lot of bridgework and is usually recommended when there are wide spaces between teeth.
Waxed floss might be easier to slide between tight teeth with very little space between. Some waxed flosses claim to have additional beneficial properties, such as essential oils or enzymes, meant to make the floss even more effective at removing plaque. (But really, any floss will do, as long as you use it daily.)
You know if you’ve used un-waxed floss because it makes a squeaking sound when teeth are clean. There are even subdivisions of unwaxed floss! Bonded un-waxed floss, for example, does not fray as easily as regular un-waxed floss.
How to Floss
This may seem silly, but it’s worth touching on, considering only 10-20% of you actually floss everyday. Here’s a review:
- 1. Break off a piece about 18 inches long. That sounds like a lot, but you want enough to keep a clean segment in place as you move from tooth to tooth.
- 2. Wrap most of the floss around either the middle finger or the index finger of one hand, whichever you prefer, and a small amount onto the middle or index finger of the other hand.
- 3. Gently slide the floss between the teeth in a zigzag motion and be careful not to let the floss snap or “pop” between teeth.
- 4. Make a C shape with the floss as you wrap it around the tooth. Then carefully pull the floss upward from the gum line to the top of the tooth.
- 5. As you move from one tooth to the next, unroll a fresh section of floss from the finger of one hand while rolling the used floss onto the finger of the other hand.
- 6. Don’t forget to floss the back side of each tooth.
Dentists and dental hygienists always insist on the importance of flossing, and recommend doing it at least once a day. The mouth is a door to the body. Along with all the pizza, salad, burgers comes bacteria. Tooth decay starts when bacteria mix with sugar. Brushing alone does not clean in between teeth, only dental floss can remove plaque in hard to reach areas.
Daily brushing and flossing will keep dental plaque build-up to a minimum, but a professional cleaning from a dentist in Miami FL will remove plaque you may have been missed. A visit to Miami dental office TM Prosthodontics is an important part in preventing gum disease.Dr. Tal Morr at TM Prosthodontics realizes the importance of proper brushing and flossing and recommends regular visits to remove excess plaque build-up for healthy teeth.