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 Important?
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 of preference.

How Should I Floss?
Use these five steps to floss like a pro:
  1. Take 18 inches of floss and wrap it around your index finger and the opposite finger.
  2. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers as you insert it between the teeth.
  3. Curve the floss into a “C” shape, and angle it along the tooth’s edge or side.
  4. Rub the floss gently up and down against the tooth and directly below the gum line.
  5. 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 neglected.

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.