[:en]You’ve been brushing your teeth for as long as you can remember. You brush your teeth when you wake up and before you go to sleep. It should be second nature to you at this point, but how often do you floss? What kind of floss do you use? What flossing technique do you use? If you can’t answer these basic questions, you might not be properly cleaning your mouth. In honor of National Flossing Day, Smile Workshop Hurst has gathered all of the top tips and tricks for flossing.
Choosing the Right Dental Floss
We all know flossing is important, but do you know what kind of floss is right for your teeth? There are two basic kinds of floss, multifilament and monofilament. Multifilament is generally made out of nylon, while monofilament is usually composed of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Nylon floss is much easier to break and will come either waxed or unwaxed. The waxed variety tends to be a bit stronger than it’s naked counterpart, but the extra layer of material can make it harder to squeeze into tight spaces between your teeth. PTFE is a synthetic fiber expertly designed to not break in between your teeth, but tends to be a bit more expensive.
How to Floss
It may be surprising to learn that many people do not know how to properly floss their teeth. While it may seem like a simple process, there are tricks to help you fully remove plaque that may get overlooked. Step number one would be to gather around 18 inches of floss and proceed to wrap it tightly around your two pointer fingers. You should then slide the floss gently up and down between all of your teeth. While doing this, it is important to make sure you are curving the floss in a C shape around your teeth to ensure you clean off every bit of plaque and tartar. Make sure you are using new sections of floss, as using the same section can reinsert food particles into other sections of your mouth.
As your local dentist, Smile Workshop cares about your teeth and feels preventative care is the number one way to keep a happy smile all year long. If you are only brushing your teeth and neglecting your daily flossing routine, you are only doing half of the work necessary to prevent gum disease. Are you looking to learn more about flossing on National Flossing Day? Give us a call or schedule an appointment today!
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