Guide to Flossing

Guide to Flossing
Posted on 07/14/2016

flossFlossing is a very important part of practicing excellent oral hygiene. Flossing allows you to reach the spaces in between your teeth and gums that a toothbrush can’t reach alone.

Sunbury Dental wants all our patients to have healthy teeth and gums, and the bright and confident smiles that go along with them. As your local cosmetic dentist and traditional family dentist, our doctors have put together this flossing guide so that you’ll floss the right way every time!



Benefits of Flossing 

Flossing regularly can eliminate bacteria in your mouth that builds plaque on your teeth. If left on your teeth, this plaque turns to hard tartar, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Flossing Technique 

●      Pick a type of floss that’s comfortable for you, whether that’s wide, thin, waxed, or of the flavored variety. 

●      Floss at least once or twice a day, preferably after dinner or before you go to bed at night.

●      Use about an 18-inch piece of floss, winding the ends around your middle fingers until you are left with about two inches of floss to work with in between. 

●      Use your index finger to guide the floss between each of your teeth in an up-and-down motion. 

●      Use a fresh portion of floss string after cleaning each space between your teeth, unwrapping clean floss from your middle fingers as you go.

●      When you reach the gum line, slide the floss into the space between each tooth and the gum with the same up-and-down motion.

●      If you have braces, utilize floss threaders to make flossing easier around orthodontic brackets and wires.

Contact Sunbury Dental 

Should you have any questions about the benefits of flossing or want to learn more about maintaining a great oral hygiene routine, please reach out to our Sunbury team. You can contact us directly, or book an appointment with Sunbury Dental online. Until then, happy flossing!