|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
June 27, 2017
No matter what types of foods you eat, healthy veggies or sweet candies, food particles are likely to get stuck between teeth. Brushing the teeth will help to get rid of some of these food particles, but to make sure you remove all particles from the teeth you need to floss them. Flossing with traditional floss can be difficult for some and others may find that this method doesn’t keep their teeth as clean as possible. Another type of flossing, known as water flossing may be the answer for many.
Flossing is done to remove food particles and plaque from the spaces between the teeth and along the gum line. If the plaque is not removed, tooth decay and gum disease can develop. You should floss the teeth at least once a day and more when you feel food particles stuck in your teeth.
Make sure to floss the teeth properly and extensively. The following is a quick guideline on how to floss.
- Tear off a piece of floss that is approximately 18 inches long.
- Wrap most of it around the middle finger. Leaving only a few inches free to floss with.
- Using your index fingers and thumbs to fold the floss tight, slide the floss up and down between each tooth. Try not to force the floss.
- Curve the floss around the base of each tooth.
- Work the floss around the fingers so a clean section of it cleans each tooth.
- Use the same up and down sliding motion to remove the floss and particles from between the teeth.
Water flossing is another way to help clean the teeth and it differs from traditional flossing in a few ways. You will use a hand-held device that removes food particles from between the teeth with the use of a steady stream of water. Water flossing is great for people who have difficulty using regular dental floss string. Some have trouble reaching in the back of the mouth with traditional flossing methods. Water floss is also good for people who have braces or other dental work that makes maneuvering floss between the teeth difficult.
Benefits of Flossing
The American Dental Association (ADA) has reported on multiple different studies that studied groups of people where some flossed and others did not. The results showed a decrease in bleeding caused by gingivitis in those that flossed. They also found there was a significate lack of plaque build-up.
Traditional floss comes in containers that are small and easy to carry around with you in your bag. This allows you to floss while you are on the go. A water flossing devise is a bit more difficult to travel with due to the size and the need to plug it in. Don’t let this deter you from flossing while not at home. Simply carry traditional floss with you and try your best to use it to clean the teeth while away.
While water flossing may be easier for you to use, try to use traditional flossing techniques every once in a while. It really does help remove food particles and keep the teeth healthy. Make sure that you are flossing along with brush the teeth at least twice a day. And don’t forget to see your dentist for a regular professional cleaning every six months. They will be able to clean the teeth in areas that just may be too hard for you to reach. They can also spot any dental problem early on before it gets out of hand.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.