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Today we’re going to talk about flossing, which is quite important. If you’re not flossing, you’re only cleaning about 50% of your tooth’s surfaces with your toothbrush. You’re leaving bacteria in between the teeth, which can cause cavities, more gum disease, bad breath so flossing is important.
Ideally, you’re going to use the string floss. Glide is a good one if your teeth are tight it will slide right in there. You’re going to want to choose an arms length worth of floss.
You’re going to wrap the floss around your middle fingers, and you take about an inch between your pointer fingers. You’re going to put the floss right in between the teeth and wrap it on each side of that triangle of gum tissue, that’s called the papilla.
You want to make sure you get under there to get all of that bacteria and plaque that’s trapped in there. A lot of times people are just popping it in and out and that’s not doing what it needs to do, so make sure you’re getting down in there and in the back, that’s where a lot of plaque lurks.
There are different types of flosses, there is waxed, non-waxed. When would you use the waxed floss? You can use waxed floss if you have more space in between your teeth. You will have more food that’s in there and that’s going to get the bulk of it out because it’s thicker.
A lot of our patients don’t like to use the string floss so they will use the ones with plastic. If you’re going to use the plastic ones, the same thing applies that you need to get deep in the gums.
Some patients have a bigger gap at the bottom of their teeth near the contact area, so we recommend the soft picks. They come in different sizes depending on how big the spaces are because if you have really large spaces between your teeth, the floss isn’t going to be as effective at removing all of that plaque. You’re going to put it in between your teeth and make short back and forth strokes. When you rinse it you’re going to see some build-up on there, rinse it in the sink and go back in. They’re helpful to use because when you do go to floss, they get some of that food out of there and you’re not pushing it more toward the gums.
The next best thing is the Hydrofloss, which is a water flosser. It’s good for older patients, or patients with dexterity issues, that cant quite maneuver the floss around the teeth. So this you put along the gums and it shoots everything out. Ideally you’ll want to get in and floss occasionally but the Hydrofloss is better than nothing.
Another thing is the gum stimulator. You can use it if you have some inflammation. It’s going to go right along the gums and stimluate them like a little massager, and that will help with gingivitis.
Hopefully this segment was helpful, if you have any questions please dont hesitate to call and we can talk some more! Thank You.