Getting rid of plaque is a key to preventing cavities and other oral health emergencies. But brushing alone can’t do the job well enough. It is very important that you floss your teeth as well. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from all areas of your mouth, including places that your brush can’t reach, like in between teeth and behind your back molars.
To floss correctly, start with about an 18” piece of single-filament dental floss, specifically designed for cleaning in between teeth. Using single-filament floss will help prevent fraying and breaking and will allow for cleaner teeth.
Wrap the thread around one finger of each hand, and leave a bit in between. Slide the slack portion of thread between teeth using a gentle sawing motion, carefully sliding the floss back and forth down to the gum line. Repeat this motion moving upwards along the tooth, removing plaque and debris from teeth. It does not matter whether you floss first or brush first, as long as you complete both everyday (brushing twice a day).
If traditional flossing is difficult for you, talk to your dentist about alternatives for interdental cleaning, such as pre-strung flossers, a specially designed dental pick, or even a water-flosser. Only use interdental cleaners that have been specifically designed for that purpose.
For more information, call Ace Family Dental & Cosmetic Dentist in Alpharetta, Georgia, at 678-562-1555. Dr. Pallavi Rakesh and our team are happy to help keep your smile clean and bright!