The best way to prevent cavities and other oral emergencies is to remove plaque from your teeth. But brushing alone can’t do the job properly. It is vital that you floss your teeth as well as brush, so as to remove the plaque and debris from all areas of your mouth. This includes places that your brush can’t reach, like in between teeth and behind your back molars.
To properly floss, start with an 18” piece of single-filament dental floss that has been specifically designed for cleaning in between teeth. Use a single-filament floss to help prevent fraying and breaking. Don’t use other materials that have not been specifically made for cleaning teeth.
Wrap the thread around two fingers–one on each hand–and leave a bit of slack floss in between them. Slide this section of the thread between your teeth using a sawing motion, gently sliding the floss back and forth to the gum line. Repeat this motion moving upwards, removing plaque and debris from teeth. Use a new section of thread for each tooth. It does not matter whether you floss before or after you brush, so long as they both get done.
If traditional flossing is difficult for you, talk to your dentist about other alternatives for cleaning between teeth, such as pre-strung flossers, a specially designed dental pick, or even a water-flosser.
For more information, call Seretti Comprehensive Dentistry in Houston, Texas, at 281-486-9440. Dr. Celso Seretti and our team are happy to help you!