Tips for Flossing your Teeth

If you’re only relying on brushing then you’re missing nearly half the surface area of your teeth 😲
Regular flossing can help prevent the harmful effects of plaque build-up, gum disease, bad breath and the risk of cavities.

To maximise the benefits of flossing, here are some helpful tips for your next flossing session:

Choose your floss.

Floss comes in two forms. Nylon multi filaments is most popular. You can buy the version with waxed coating which allows the filaments to slide more easily between the teeth. These come in a range of flavours that you can choose from.

There is also PTFE mono filament floss which is has a stronger strand, and is more resistant to shredding. Both nylon or PTFE floss is efficient at cleaning the teeth when used properly. Choose the one that works best for you.

Use the right amount of floss

You should have at least 45cm of floss to enable proper technique. Wind each end around the middle finger and use your index and thumb to stabilise it.

Try not to use the same part over and over again – move to a new section of the floss for each tooth. This helps prevent spreading plaque from one area to another. Using a new section also helps prevent breakage.

Master the motion.

If your gums bleed when you floss, you’re doing it wrong.

Being gentle and careful is key. Instead of snapping your floss down in between your teeth, work your way between your teeth a controlled side to side motion. When you are in the deepest part of the crack, use an up-and-down motion to dislodge any food particles or plaque from the area.

Then bring your fingers to one side of the tooth so the filament wraps around it. It’s supposed to look like the letter C. Then to do the same up-and-down motion in between the teeth and under the gum line.

Please check with on of our dentists at your next check-up if you’re unsure about technique.

2 minutes per day

Flossing should be an important part of your dental health routine along with brushing. To maximise the benefits, you should be flossing once a day for at least two minutes.

Dental floss goes where the toothbrush cannot, allowing access between your teeth and underneath the gums for a more complete clean.