The Benefits of Tooth Flossing

Updated: Dec 18, 2018


DENTAL FLOSS IS A THIN SOFT THREAD OR TAPE MADE OF NYLON OR PLASTIC THAT REMOVES FOOD AND PLAQUE FROM BETWEEN YOUR TEETH.


Plaque is a sticky substance made of bacteria that can irritate the gums and cause inflammation if it builds up.  Over time. this can turn into gum disease.


The best way to counteract this plaque buildup is to combine daily flossing with twice daily brushing.  Your dentist and/or hygienist may well advise you to clean between your teeth and may recommend using dental floss.  Follow these tips on how to floss successfully:

  1. Cut off a section of floss about 45cm (18 inches) long.  Wind it around the middle fingers of each hand.

  2. Grip the floss with your thumb and forefinger of each hand so that the floss between your hands is about 2.5-5cm (1-2 inches) long.  Pull it tight so you can insert the floss in a gap between two teeth.

  3. Gently guide the floss up and down against the sides of the teeth and under the gumline. 

  4. Use a circular movement with your fingers as you use the floss.  This will help you to floss under the gumline without causing any damage. 

  5. Repeat this process for the next gap, along the side of the next tooth. 

  6. Unwind a fresh section of floss for each tooth, winding the used floss onto the middle finger of your other hand as you go along. 

  7. Make sure you floss between every single tooth.  Working to a pattern round the whole of your mouth makes it less likely that you'll miss out any teeth. 

  8. Remember to floss the side of the teeth at the back of your mouth.

When you first start flossing, your gums may be tender and bleed a little as you start to get rid of any plaque build-up.  Carry on flossing your teeth and the bleeding should stop as your gums become healthier.


If you're still getting regular bleeding after a few days, see your dentist.  They can check if you're flossing correctly.


If you find flossing difficult, you may want to consider alternative products such as interdental brushes.


An interdental brush is a small brush specially designed for cleaning between your teeth, where a regular toothbrush doesn't reach.  These can be found at your dental practice and most chemists.  College Street Dental Centre, Petersfield, will help and advise you with any oral health problems you may be experiencing.  Simply contact us on info@smileabout.co.uk or call 01730 263180.


For further information or advice contact College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield, Hampshire on 01730 263180

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