How to Floss Correctly

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Today on the blog, we’re sharing some tips on how to floss correctly. Just about every dental advert has a scene showing someone happily flossing their sparkly white teeth. Flossing is the simplest and most effective way to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth. Liaclerwildkolog Every day, the food and drinks we consume contribute towards a natural accumulation of plaque. If removed at least once a day, this plaque does not have the potential to cause any problems. If left unchecked however, it can quickly put you at risk of oral disease and other issues.

Simply placing dental floss between your teeth is not a sure bet that teeth will be cleaned however. In fact, many people floss incorrectly. Not flossing your teeth correctly can end up causing more harm than not flossing at all.

The Correct Way to Floss Teeth

 What is the right way to floss teeth? Let’s take a look…

  • Use a dental floss recommended by your dentist, or one that works for you.
  • Take a piece of about 30cm, twisting the strand around your middle or index fingers of both hands until you have a taut line of floss that you can manoeuvre between teeth easily.
  • Hold the floss with the index fingers or thumbs, then gently guide it between your teeth using a slow sawing motion.
  • Be very careful not to damage the gums when pulling the floss through your teeth. Use your fingers to support each tooth so that you can carefully but gently pull the floss around each tooth.
  • Curve the floss into an arc around each tooth, sliding it gently up and down the surface of the tooth.
  • Repeat the process on the curve of the next tooth, moving on to do the same for every tooth.
  • It is usually easier to start at one side and systematically work your way around the upper and lower teeth.
  • Don’t forget about the far back teeth that are harder to reach!
  • Flossing too hard or flossing over the gums so that they bleed can lead to increased risk of gum disease as well as receding gums. Take care to be gentle.

Dental_flossRemember – flossing is one step in your oral health regime. You should floss at least once a day, but it is also essential that you brush your teeth properly at a minimum of twice a day. You should also consider using a good mouthwash. Another vital part of keeping your teeth healthy is to schedule six monthly cleaning and check-ups with your dentist.

Here at Gateway Dental, we offer a wide range of dental services in Durban, including dental cleaning, tooth whitening, fillings, dental implants and other solutions that give you the perfect smile. For expert advice on how to floss your teeth, visit our friendly practice and see why we are consistently voted the best.

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