Dental floss is a thin, soft thread that is used to clean in-between the teeth.
It can be effectively used to remove the food that gets stuck between your teeth. Flossing prevents buildup of gunk known as plaque, early gum inflammation called gingivitis, and tooth decay.
How to floss
Break off about 12-18 inches of floss, and wind the 2 ends around one finger of each hand.
Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers, with about an inch of floss between them, leaving no slack.
Use a gentle rocking motion to guide the floss between your teeth. Don’t push the floss too far into the gums.
When the floss reaches your gumline, curve it into a C-shape against one tooth until you feel resistance.
Hold the floss against the tooth. Gently scrape the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum. Repeat on the other side of the gap, along the side of the next tooth.
Don’t forget the back of your last tooth.
When flossing, keep to a regular pattern. Start at the top and work from left to right, then move to the bottom and again work from the left to right. This way you’re less likely to miss any teeth.
Don’t be too aggressive with the floss: you risk harming your gums. The main action of flossing is a firm but gentle scraping of the tooth from the top down.
Your dental team at Westend Dental can advise you about using dental floss.