Flossing questions come up all the time in our practice. Everything from when should I floss to what type of floss should I use has been asked. Let’s take a few moments to answer some of the most common questions.
In the spring of 2015, MouthHealthy.org took a poll of its readers and asked if they brush before or after they floss. The results were close: 53% said they brush before and 47% said they floss after they brush.
There is no right or wrong time to floss! The most important thing to remember about flossing is simply doing it!
There are several different types of floss available. I’ve seen waxed, non-waxed, string, tape, tufted, glide, and the list goes on. Finding the right floss for you can be challenging. Ask your dental professional which type of floss will best suit your needs.
Using a piece of floss 12-15 inches in length, slide the string in between the teeth. Wrap the floss in a “C” shape around the side of the tooth and run the floss in a polishing up and down motion. Occasionally you may see small amounts of blood. If after a few days the bleeding doesn’t subside, contact your dental professional.
Many patients struggle using the traditional string floss. Floss holders and floss sticks have created a solution to patients who struggle with dexterity, arthritis, or even large fingers.
A water pick or oral irrigation device is not generally considered as a substitution for brushing and flossing rather it is considered as an excellent auxiliary dental health tool that removes biofilm left behind after brushing and flossing.
Flossing is necessary in the fight against gum disease! Have you flossed today?
Until next time,
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