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Flossing – Just Stringing You Along?

Flossing, something we are all told to do by dentist, hygienist and nurse alike in our fight against plaque. But what does flossing actually do? A recent review of studies into the effectiveness of flossing concluded that it has no particular impact on our dental health, so do we fling the floss and immobilize the inter dental brush? Well, in our opinion no, not quite.

With that in mind we do indeed still recommend you take the time to floss. So, what’s the best flossing technique?

Dental Floss:

  • Take a piece of floss and wrap it around your index finger on each hand
  • Hold the floss with thumb and index finger leaving about an inch of floss taut in the middle
  • Gentle wiggle the floss between teeth using a rocking motion until you reach the gum
  • At the gum, move the floss in a c-shape against the tooth, gently, to disrupt and plaque that might have formed in the gap
  • Repeat across all teeth!

Inter Dental Brush:

It is important to choose a brush that is the right size, your hygienist can talk you through this to ensure you are getting optimal impact

  • To clean between the front teeth, gently insert the brush between the gaps and move it back and forth a few times
  • For teeth further back you may need to bend your brush slightly, this is possible with small inter dental brushes. Repeat the process you used for your front teeth with the bent brush
  • The brush should last for a reasonable amount of time but it is important to replace when the filaments begin to degrade

So there you have it, flossing is a part of your dental routine that we would recommend sticking with. It may not be a riveting part of your day but it is one that will contribute to your overall dental health for years to come.

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