Regular brushing and flossing, along with dental check ups, goes a long way to maintaining good oral hygiene and providing you with a lifetime of smiles.
While effective brushing is the first step in proper dental care, Family & Implant Dental Care states brushing alone will not reach those hard, in-between surfaces of your teeth or the deep, down plaque or food particles that lodge beneath your gum line. The trapped bacteria promote tooth decay and periodontal disease; therefore, along with brushing your teeth daily, you want to floss daily. Family & Implant Dental Care can instruct you on the fine art of flossing. With practice, you will discover flossing only takes a few minutes a day to help you maintain proper dental care.
Your main goal when flossing is to get into the hard to reach spaces between your teeth, the areas where the bristles of your toothbrush are not able to reach. To be able to reach into these tight spaces, you will want to work with dental floss. Dental floss is composed of nylon, can be waxed, un-waxed, or woven with a fluoride mixture. Another option, although more expensive, is a single filament floss which slides easily between teeth with extremely tight spaces and is practically shred-resistant. Both types of floss are excellent at removing plaque and debris. With various dental flosses available, if you are not sure which dental floss will work best for you, Family & Implant Dental Care can evaluate your teeth and dental situation and recommend the floss suited towards your specific dental needs.
Flossing begins by breaking off an 18-inch long piece of floss. You want to lightly wrap most of the floss around your middle finger on one hand and the remaining floss around the middle finger of the other hand.
Start with your upper teeth. Hold the floss between your thumb and index finger. Next, gently insert the floss between your teeth while moving the floss in a back and forth motion. When you have reached your gum line, you want to curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth. Using a sliding motion, move the floss between the tooth and gum until you meet with resistance. Now that the floss is in place, start an up and down motion, working your way further under the gum line. You should be careful not to cut into the tissue surrounding the tooth. In addition, note you want to remember one insertion of dental floss equals two teeth you need to floss around. Proceed with the flossing process, and remember to turn from one index finger to the other for a fresh section of floss. Continue until you have flossed all your upper teeth.
Flossing your lower teeth uses the same technique as you used for the upper teeth; however, here, you will use your index fingers to guide the floss. Make sure you floss the backside of the last tooth on both sides: upper and lower.
Again, just as with brushing, vigorously rinse your mouth to remove the plaque and food particles your thorough flossing dislodged. Dispose of the used dental floss.
Your effective dental care begins at home with you. By brushing and flossing, you help prevent cavities, toothaches, oral cancer, and periodontal diseases. By brushing and flossing, you also help Family & Implant Dental Care help you maintain proper dental health.