Teeth flossing should form part of your daily oral hygiene routine, to remove excess food debris and plaque trapped between teeth. Our dental hygienist at Devonshire Square Dental Studio is here to provide you with guidance about oral hygiene practice and how best to floss for better oral health.
Healthy flossing technique
Our dentists or dental hygienists can show you how best to floss at a regular dental check-up or when coming for teeth cleaning and scaling. Use about 18 inches of floss per dental arch. Choose a separate and clean part of the floss string to clean each tooth. You do this by wrapping a 1 inch floss section between the two index fingers and inserting it between two teeth.
Move this part of floss gently backwards and forwards along the teeth and gum line in a C shape but not too deep otherwise it may be harmful to the root of the tooth. Use a clean section of the 18 inch of floss to clean each tooth in this manner on both the upper and the lower dental arch. Be careful not to apply too much pressure to the gum tissue.
Types of floss
There are different types of floss available and our hygienist can explain how these work. Some may comprise a single filament or more. Others may be fluoride-containing or may include a hand-held device for ease or for those with dexterity challenges.
Suitability of flossing
People with orthodontic devices and tooth restorations may need to follow particular guidance when flossing or not be able to floss at all. Bleeding gums may be a sign of oral or gum disease. Advice from the dentist may be necessary if gums persist to bleed when brushing teeth and flossing. To book an appointment with one of our hygienists please contact the team at Devonshire Square Dental Studio in London.