Posts for tag: Floss

By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
September 10, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Floss  

Brushing your teeth is a crucial part of your oral health routine and the first line of defense against cavities and decay. However, your toothbrush can't reach the tiny spaces between your teeth, leaving these crevices susceptible to bacterial growth. Adding in flossing brings an extra layer of dental health maintenance and decay prevention.

If you haven't been flossing regularly -- or at all -- it's time to start, and family dentist Dr. Steven Abrams in Mt. Olive Township, NJ, can give you tips for proper flossing for your healthiest, prettiest smile.

Why is flossing so important?

Brushing alone can't reach particles stuck between the teeth, leaving them to turn to bacteria and ultimately tartar and decay. These small spaces require a tiny tool to loosen debris so it can be rinsed away. Floss is the perfect solution, as it is flexible, thin, and gentle on the gums while still effective.

Flossing can also help keep your teeth whiter, by preventing staining on the sides of your teeth.

How often should I floss?

You should floss twice a day, or as recommended by your family dentist at our Mt. Olive Township, NJ, office. Flossing can be done before or after brushing. Make sure to rinse with water afterward to flush away the particles.

What is the proper flossing technique?

It's important to find the flossing implement that works best for you so you are more likely to keep up with the habit. Pick style flossers, waxed floss, unwaxed floss, or tiny bristle brushes are all options. Move the floss up and down between each tooth, including the back ones, reaching to the gum line. Slide the floss gently back and forth to remove particles between the teeth. If using a floss strand, move down the thread to access a clean portion after each tooth. Rinse your pick style flosser as debris collects.

Make flossing a habit, and don't forget to keep up with your professional cleanings and exams with your family dentist. Call our Mt. Olive, NJ, office today at 973-691-8200.