Thursday, 10 January 2013

Flossing Guide

We have all heard about the importance of flossing.  Richardson Dentistry decided to create a flossing guide to aide you.

What type of floss is best?
There are two different types of dental floss that you can choose from. You should try both to see which kind you prefer.

      1)  Nylon (multifilament) floss contains strands that are intertwined. While it tends to break easier and has a knack for getting stuck between teeth, this type of floss is great for removing particles.
      2)   PTFE (monofilament) floss contains only a single strand and is usually made of Teflon. Although it tends to bunch up and become ineffective if you use the same portion over and over, it does slide between teeth easier than nylon floss.

How often should you floss?
Twice a day is ideal, but if you are at least making sure to floss before bed then you should be in good shape.

When should you floss – before or after brushing?
In this case it’s a matter of personal preference. However, it is a good idea to floss before you brush so you can loosen plaque and particles in your teeth. If you like to floss afterwards, make sure you rinse your mouth out with mouthwash or water to remove all the food and debris.

How should you floss?
1) Get a piece of floss 16-22 inches long.
2) Wind one end around your finger about 3 or more times --- this helps you keep a strong grip on the string.
      3) Grip the floss with your thumbs and slide between a tooth, move the floss up and down and in and out multiple times from different angles.
      4) As you floss your teeth you want a fresh portion of the floss, so unwind a loop one finger and wind it up the other as you go.
      5) After you are done with all of your teeth, make sure you rinse your mouth out to remove all the dislodged particles.

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