Here's something you might not know - nearly half the surface area of your teeth lies between them! If you're solely relying on brushing to clean your teeth, you're not cleaning a large proportion of them, which can then affect your tooth and gum health.
Removing plague between your teeth helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Flossing is an essential part of your oral hygiene routine. Our dentists or dental nurses can help you with technique, but here are some basic tips:
- Wind about 45cm of floss around your middle fingers and rest it across your thumbs and index fingers.
- Always insert the floss gently using a gentle side-to-side motion to avoid traumatising the gums.
- To clean the “neck” of the tooth, which is the point at which it meets the gums, curl the floss and insert it gently under the gum.
- Begin flossing children's teeth as soon as they have two in contact. It's recommended parents floss their children's teeth until they are 10; rest their head in your lap to floss, or stand them in front of you and tip their head back against your chest.
Flossing should be an integral part of your dental health routine along with brushing. You should be flossing once a day, either in the morning or night, or even after lunch, for at least two minutes. For more information, download the flossing PDF, or talk to one of the professionals at our clinic.