In this video, Dr Jason Condello at Smile Forever Dental demonstrates the correct method of flossing teeth.
By removing the plaque from between your teeth, you can help prevent gum disease, tooth decay and halitosis, otherwise known as “bad breath”.
Regular flossing, or interdental cleaning as it’s officially known, is an essential part of caring for your teeth and gums, and not just a “nice to do” added extra in your daily routine.
Dr Jason Condello at Smile Forever Dental, recommends that in addition to brushing teeth twice a day, it is important to clean between your teeth once a day, with an interdental cleaner like floss or an interdental brush.
Flossing should be an extremely important part of your oral hygiene routine. Cleaning between the teeth removes the food and bacteria that collect in these small spaces. It can be done using string floss, flossettes, interdental brushes or a water flosser.
There’s no age limit to flossing and Jason recommends that parents help children floss until they have the coordination and patience to do it themselves.
If you’ve been treating flossing as an optional extra, you could be at higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease and related health problems. The good news is that it is never too late to improve your oral hygiene habits and lower the risks of future dental issues.
Flossing usually takes around two minutes, but it can take longer if you’re flossing for the first time or flossing with braces. Most people floss at the same time they brush their teeth, either in the morning or at night. It doesn’t make a significant difference whether you floss before brushing or vice versa, the ideal order comes down to individual preference.
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