It’s completely normal to feel apprehension when it comes to using dental floss, especially if you’ve never used it before.
If you bleed from your gums the first few times you use dental floss that’s quite common, too. This is because your gums will be quite tender at first and as you continue to floss as part of your daily oral hygiene routine, your gums will start to strengthen and the bleeding should stop.
You must ensure that your flossing techniques aren’t too aggressive because that increases the risk of harming your gums. Always try to be as gentle as you can, as the whole point of flossing is to get rid of the plaque that remains between the teeth.
The correct technique is to break off around 18 inches of floss – so you have enough clean floss to cover all of your teeth. Slide the floss between the gap in your teeth and carefully wrap it around each tooth as you clean, going back and forth – making your way around the rest of your mouth and working through the gaps. Once you reach the gums, make a C shape with floss.
Nowadays there are different types of floss available and we always recommend dental floss that contains tooth whitening extracts to our patients, as well as kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashes that whiten teeth.
The reason why it’s good to use dental floss which contains whitening extracts, is because they help to dissolve excess proteins that are deposited from saliva, which reduces the chances of your teeth becoming discoloured.
While bleaching your teeth may give the appearance of healthy teeth, it’s a lot better for your overall oral health for you to floss, because it removes food particles and plaque build-up from your teeth.
Not only is flossing good for your oral health, but it’s also good for your overall health, too. It gives you the chance to keep an eye out for any medical issues like redness or swelling on your gums or tongue and bring them to the attention of your dentist or doctor a lot sooner than if you weren’t using dental floss.
If you suffer from bad breath, I know how much it can affect your confidence. Using dental floss will help to get rid of small food particles that get stuck between your teeth and in areas that your toothbrush may not reach. This reduces the risk of those small food particles from collecting bacteria, hence reducing the risk of having bad breath. Of course, if you’ve been good oral health yet you continue to suffer from bad breath, then I recommend booking a check-up with either your dentist or doctor, as it could be an indication of a serious medical condition.
If you find flossing difficult then there are other products you can use to clean between your teeth. You can use dental picks or interdental brushes that also help to tackle the plaque build-up between the teeth. Although flossing is the most effective, getting into the habit of cleaning between your teeth will only improve your overall oral health.
Unsure about your dental health? Call your nearest Synergy Dental Clinic and we’ll be happy to help.