Cleaning between your teeth is an essential part of your oral hygiene routine and flossing is an effective way to remove plaque and food debris from those narrow spaces. Dental floss is a soft thread that comes in different thicknesses to cater for varying gap sizes. It should be used at least once a day to help prevent tooth decay and stop plaque turning into hard tartar, which can irritate the gums and lead to gum disease.
You may experience some tenderness and bleeding when you first use floss, but this is normal and should diminish after a while. If bleeding does continue, you should arrange to see your dentist.
If you find it tricky to floss, there are aids available, such as ‘Y’ shaped holders, which can make the cleaning process much easier.
Don’t forget youngsters also need to floss, so as soon as your children have teeth that touch, you can introduce this interdental cleaning method to their oral hygiene routine.
Poor dental health has been linked to certain serious conditions, such as heart disease and strokes, so flossing can be beneficial for the rest of your body too.
If you have any questions at all, please get in touch.
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