It’s Dental Health Week 2019, so that means learning the importance of flossing like a boss.Flossing is another key part in maintaining excellent oral health. It can remove plaque between your teeth and by doing so, you are helping to prevent oral health issues from occurring including tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath (halitosis).
When’s the right time to floss?To obtain optimised results from flossing, it is best to do it when you’re not in a rush or too tired. A few suggested times include:
- As soon as you wake up or after lunch
- Before going to bed – this can leave your teeth feeling clean
How to floss like a boss?It’s one thing to start flossing, but it is another to do it properly. Here are 3 easy steps to dominate your flossing:
- Pull out the floss and wind approximately 45cm around your fingers and grip it tightly between the index fingers and your thumb
- Keeping both thumb and index finger close together and floss between your teeth. It is important to make sure you don’t cut or damage your gums with abrupt movement.
- With about 45cm wrapped around your thumb and middle fingers, use an up-and-down motion gently to go down one side of the tooth.
Braces and FlossingIf you have braces, it is important to continue flossing regularly as food particles can often end up trapped within the braces. A greater type of floss such as an interdental cleaner may be required to be used as it is wider and can reach difficult areas around the braces.
Three Things For Easier FlossingAccording to the Australian Dental Association (2018), the three things for easier flossing are:
- Learn the correct technique – A dental professional can teach you the right technique so you can floss efficiently from the word go.
- Use a Floss Threader – Ideal if you have braces or a bridge, there are loops of fibre that thread floss into small places around the teeth.
- Use a Floss Pick – Made up of two prongs with dental floss strung between them, they’re perfect if you struggle with traditional flossing techniques.