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Facts on Flossing

Woman flossing teethWhen it comes to oral hygiene, flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. While brushing is necessary, it still doesn’t remove plaque, nor will it always remove all traces of food particles (especially chewy, sticky foods, cakes and lollies) from between your teeth, under the gum-line, or caught within braces.

Flossing at least once a day is the most effective way of cleaning between your teeth. The best time to remove any food accumulated from meals throughout the day is by flossing at night, just before bed time. Flossing after brushing will also help to push tooth-protecting fluoride between the parts of your teeth where a brush cannot reach.

It’s important when you floss to be careful and avoid injury to your gums. The instructions below will not only keep your gums safe but will help to maximise your flossing effectiveness.

  • Draw out a length of floss approximately 50cm long and wind it loosely around your middle fingers.
  • Between your thumb and forefinger, hold taut a length of floss measuring 5cm – 7cm. Carefully insert the floss between two teeth using a back-and-forth motion. Gently bring the floss to the gum-line, but do not force it under your gums. Curve the floss around the edge of your tooth in the shape of the letter “C” and slide it up and down the side of each tooth.
  • Repeat this process with a clean length of floss of approximately 5cm – 7cm between all your teeth. Remember to floss the back and sides of your back teeth too.

For more information about our Dental Hygiene services or to arrange your next Dental Hygiene appointment, please contact Dental Health Care Associates today on 03 9650 2909.

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