Did you know. . . without flossing you are only cleaning 3 out of 5 surfaces of your teeth?

By Midcoast Family Dentistry | Nov 13, 2012
Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it breaks up and removes plaque from between teeth and at the gum line, where periodontal disease often begins.

Did you know . . . that there is floss made for sensitive gums (it’s Oral-B Glide Pro-Health For Sensitive Gums)? There are actually so many types of floss . . . that we lost count. The important thing to remember, no matter what you use, there is a proper way to get the best results. Poor flossing technique can result in complications, and it's important to be thorough yet gentle. You can always ask your dentist or dental hygienist to show you if you are uncertain.

           

Remember . . . without flossing you are only cleaning 3 out of 5 surfaces of your teeth! Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it breaks up and removes plaque from between teeth and at the gum line, where periodontal disease often begins.

 

  • Wide floss, also known as dental tape, may be a better choice for people with bridgework. Dental tape also is recommended when people have wider-than-average space between their teeth.
  • Waxed floss can be easier to slide between closely spaced teeth.
  • Unwaxed floss will squeak against cleaned teeth, indicating plaque has been removed.
  • Bonded unwaxed floss does not fray as easily as regular un-waxed floss, but does tear more than waxed floss.

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