As a Wyoming Dentist, I am often asked about flossing. Here are my recommendations on flossing, what dental floss you should use, why you should floss, how to floss and how often.
Why You Should Floss
Removing the food trapped between your teeth removes bacteria that can eventuallly lead to plaque build up. Plaque build up can then lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease.
No matter how good your toothbrush is, it does not get into the tight spaces between your teeth.
Which Dental Floss is the Best?
The short answer is, “The dental floss you are willing to use.”
Floss was once made from silk fibers twisted to form a long strand. Today, floss is usually made from nylon filaments or plastic mono-filaments. It may be treated with flavoring agents, such as mint, to make flossing more pleasant.
Waxed or Un-waxed Floss?
Again choose the floss that works best for you. There is no difference in the effectiveness of waxed or un-waxed floss. Waxed floss is suppose to glide better between your teeth.
When Should You Floss?
Our Wyoming dental office recommends that you floss twice a day.
Again do what works for you. Ideally, brushing brushing your teeth and then flossing gives the fluoride in your tooth paste a better chance of working between your teeth.
How To Floss
We all know we should do it, but many of us don’t. It’s really not that difficult. With a little practice you will be an expert in no time. Wrap the floss around your index fingers two or three times. Leave a span of about three inches of floss between them.
Pass the floss gently between your teeth towards the gum with a gentle sweeping up and down motion. Clean the side of each tooth with out removing the floss. Use the same technique between each of your teeth, upper and lower and for all four corners of your mouth.
It really is not so hard and your squeaky clean teeth will thank you for the effort.
You will thank yourself when it comes to your visits to our office.
Ask Our Hygienists
Our hygienists will be glad to show you how to floss and help you with a flossing routine and dental hygiene plan that works best for you.
Dr. Gregory Erramouspe – Wyoming Dentist