It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to fight gum disease and to maintain great healthy teeth. It’s easy to do and even if you’ve never flossed before it’s never too late to start.
Flossing the Most Important Questions Answered
Gum disease starts between the teeth and at the gum line. You can use flossing to remove plaque from the gum line and between your teeth. Proper flossing techniques can improve your oral health.
The benefits for adults are huge, even if you start late and never flossed in your life. No one wants a retreating gum line and decaying teeth do they?
Should I floss before I brush or after?
Flossing is necessary. You can choose a time that allows you to give a few additional minutes to your dental care. You can floss right after getting up in the morning or after lunch or at the end of the day.
Should my child floss too?
Yes, like adults children need to floss. Flossing for children should start anytime you notice any two teeth touching. However, you should do the flossing since your child will not be able to manage it well by themselves until they reach age 10 or 11.
Is flossing painful?
While you may experience some discomfort during flossing it should not be painful. The discomfort caused by brushing and flossing should go away within the first two weeks. Talk to your dentists if the pain persist for more than 2 weeks.
What should you do if flossing is difficult?
If flossing is difficult for you, try a different method of flossing. If you cannot handle dental floss, you can use a pre-threaded flosser, a dental pick or a wooden plaque remover. To prevent injuring your gums, ask your dentist how to use these correctly.
What are the different types of dental floss?
Dental floss includes comfort floss, thick, un-waxed or waxed floss.
What is the correct way to floss my teeth?
- Get 18 inches of floss, wind most of it around the middle fingers of both hand.
- Hold the floss firmly between the thumbs and forefingers.
- Using a gentle rubbing motion guide the floss between your teeth. Avoid snapping the floss into the gums.
- Curve the floss into the C shape against a tooth as soon as it touches the gum line. Slide it gently into the space between the tooth and the gum.
- Hold the floss firmly against the tooth. Rub the side of the tooth gently. Use up and down movements while moving the floss away from the gum. Repeat with the other teeth. Ensure that you include flossing the backside of the last tooth.