If you are brushing twice a day and visiting a dentist or periodontist regularly, you are well on
your way to a healthier mouth. That said, however, you might be missing the
most important step. Flossing
is an essential part of your oral hygiene habits,
and we have all the information you need to make sure you are doing it correctly.
Why Is Flossing
Just brushing doesn’t wash away all the particles that are
stuck in between your teeth and wedged up in your gums. Over time, the plaque
and bacteria can build up in these areas and cause serious damage. Flossing
removes things that your toothbrush can’t reach.
What Is the Best Type
of Floss to Use?
There are many different options for flossing, but actual
floss comes in two types – nylon or PTFE. Nylon is made up of several different
strands and may shred on those rocky places, while PTFE will not. There are
also flossing picks and water flossers that can help remove particles from
between the teeth. There is no right or wrong type of floss; it’s just a matter
How Should I Floss?
Use these five steps to floss like a pro:
- Take 18 inches of floss and wrap it around your
index finger and the opposite finger.
- Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and
forefingers as you insert it between the teeth.
- Curve the floss into a “C” shape, and angle it
along the tooth’s edge or side.
- Rub the floss gently up and down against the
tooth and directly below the gum line.
- Repeat the process between every tooth, using a
clean section of floss every time you move.
When flossing inAtlanta, GA
, pay close attention to the back teeth as they are often
Give Us a Call
If you are worried about your teeth or gums, or just want to
get checked to make sure your mouth is healthy, call Dr. Codelli’s office today
to schedule an appointment.
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