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How You Can Floss Like Your Hygienist Does

September 17, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Gary Michaelson
Hands holding dental floss | General dentistry in Orlando

Your dentist and hygienist tell you to floss once a day, but do you know why or how to do it correctly?

Proper brushing and flossing work together to keep your teeth as clean as possible. Brushing removes the buildup of plaque from the surfaces of teeth and any loose particles of food. Flossing continues the job by getting in between teeth and cleaning where your brush can’t reach.

Why Floss Only Once a Day?

You brush twice a day, so you may wonder why you only need to floss once. Unlike your tooth surfaces, plaque and bacteria between teeth take about 24 hours to develop. So unless you have food stuck between your teeth after a meal, there isn’t much benefit in flossing twice.

Tips for Proper Flossing

Brushing and flossing are two of your best defenses against oral disease between dental visits, so let’s make sure you’re doing it correctly.

Floss both sides of your teeth by forming a C shape with the floss and cleaning one side, then reverse the C and clean the opposite side.

Dental work can make it challenging to clean between teeth. Don’t force the floss as it can snap and damage your gum. Instead, talk to your hygienist about interdental cleaners designed just for this purpose

Floss is designed to remove plaque and bacteria and carry it away. Reusing the same length of floss for several teeth means you’re just spreading plaque you’ve already removed to other teeth. Floss is inexpensive, so every time you move to another tooth, use a new length of floss.

Please Call Alafaya Dentistry

Orlando top dentist Dr. Gary Michaelson and our team enjoy keeping our patients educated about ways they can improve and maintain optimal oral health. If you have oral hygiene questions or it’s time for your next cleaning, please call us to arrange your next appointment.

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