Most people don’t have an issue with brushing their teeth morning and night, but many people think it’s ok to skip flossing. While brushing and flossing removes plaque from the front, back, and chewing surfaces of the teeth, flossing removes food particles and plaque from between the teeth, where toothbrushes can’t reach.
How to Floss
Cut a piece of floss and wind it around a finger on each hand, leaving an inch or two of floss in between. Pull the floss taut, hold it between your thumbs and index fingers, and gently work it between each individual tooth. Move the floss up and down between the teeth. Make sure you also floss beneath the gum line by curving the floss around the base of each tooth. Do not force floss or snap it between the teeth, as this can cut or bruise the gums. Use clean portions of floss as you move from tooth to tooth. Move the floss back and forth to remove the floss from between the teeth.
There are two types of dental floss:
– Nylon (multifilament) floss. This floss can be waxed or unwaxed and comes in a variety of flavors.
– PTFE (monofilament) floss. This type of floss slides easily between the teeth, even those that are crowded.
Both types of floss have the potential to effectively remove plaque and debris if used correctly. So, it doesn’t really matter which type you choose. Buy the floss that you enjoy using.
We welcome you to contact Snowy River Dental at 208-788-2006 today to learn more about floss in Bellevue, Idaho, and to schedule a visit. Our dentist in Bellevue, Idaho, Dr. Danton Bradshaw, and our team are happy to give you dental hygiene tips!