Flossing

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how to use dental floss

Flossing is a very important part of your daily oral hygiene routine. By flossing daily you remove plaque and food debris that gets caught up between your teeth. This can cause the gums to bleed and the tooth surface to decay.

If food debris is left between the teeth for over 24 hours, bacteria begin to gather and gum inflammation begins to take place.

How to floss your teeth

  • Cut about 45 centimetres of floss
  • Wrap the floss around your middle fingers leaving around an inch of floss between the fingers to floss with. Use your index fingers and thumbs to manoeuvre the floss around the mouth.
  • Slide the floss between the contacts of the teeth, shape the floss into a C to match the contour of the tooth and move the floss up and down several times (8-10 strokes), reaching slightly under the gum.
  • Move around the mouth repeating the process for each tooth
  • Unwinding and winding the floss to reveal a fresh piece of floss when needed.
  • Every tooth must be flossed! Ensure to floss the posterior wall of the last molar too.
  • Floss at least once a day, the most important time to floss is at night before bed.

children flossing teethWhen you first begin to floss your gums may bleed and be slightly tender. This is normally due to bacteria that has been accumulating for some time causing inflammation.

Bleeding gums in this case merely show that you are beginning to dislodge the bacteria and plaque that has gathered up. If you follow the guide above then the bleeding should stop after about a week. If it does not, then it is advised that you see your dentist.

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Address
130-132 Merton High Street, London, SW19 1BA

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0208 542 4225

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