So this week has been interesting in the papers…
There’s a great floss debate going on, to floss or not to floss – that is the question!!
So we thought we would give you our view on things and its simple… it is important for your oral and general health that you are effectively cleaning all surfaces of your teeth regularly (daily!)
However, there may be some cases where floss isn’t the most effective thing to use:
If you really can’t get on with floss then you won’t be able to use it effectively so we would recommend using another product such as those by TePe to get in those hard to reach places…
If you have large spaces in between your teeth then we would recommend using a TePe interdental brush to clean these areas as it will work more effectively than floss.
Floss picks (e.g. Braun Flossettes) are also a good alternative to regular floss as they come with a little handle and can be easier to use…
Your technique with dental floss is also very important: it needs to be right! So…..
- Starting with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with
- Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently past the tight contact point between the teeth
- Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gumline
- Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth
- Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue
- To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth
If you’re still struggling or need any advice then a member of our team is always on hand to assist you.