Flossing, or interdental cleaning – is an essential part of caring for your oral hygiene. Did you know that nearly half the surface area of your teeth lies between them? Flossing your teeth as a part of your daily routine will assist in removing the plaque from between your teeth, and will improve your dental hygiene. To discover the proper way to floss your teeth, read on.
The Australian Dental Association (ADA 2021), has provided the following tips for when it comes to flossing your teeth… the right way.
‘It’s All In The Technique
It’s one thing to make flossing a part of your dental health care routine, quite another to do it properly. Your dentist is the most qualified person to instruct you on flossing correctly but there are some basic tips you can follow:
Tip 1: Wind about 45cm of floss around your middle fingers and rest it across your thumbs and index fingers.
Tip 2: Use a gentle up-and-down motion that goes down one side of the tooth, just under the little collar of gum and then back up the other side (think of it as an on-the-side “c”).
Tip 3: If you’re not sure about the right technique, have a chat to your dentist who can show you all the right flossing moves.’
(The Australian Dental Association 2021)
The ADA have created a short, informative video to help you with interdental cleaning. See the video here: https://www.ada.org.au/Your-Dental-Health/Oral-Health-Video-Resources
At Beachside Complete Dental Care, your dentist, or oral health therapist may also recommend flossing your teeth with other items such as interdental bottle brushes, super floss, or irrigators to compliment your oral hygiene regime.