Why do I need to floss??

Flossing your teeth properly will remove plaque and particles of food that are left in places around your teeth and gums that a toothbrush simply won’t reach.

Food particles can get trapped under your gum line and between your teeth, if this is left there it will cause a build-up of plaque which will eventually lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

To receive maximum benefits from flossing, these techniques will help:

Start with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with.

Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth.

Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gum line.

Make sure to use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

If you find holding the floss difficult, you could try using a floss holder. These hold the floss for you and in some cases easier to use.

If you find flossing difficult, your dentist can give you advice about other ways of cleaning between your teeth, such as interdental brushes. Some people find interdental brushes easier to use than floss.

If you need more advice on flossing your teeth, please ask your hygienist at your next appointment.

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