Flossing – Why and When?

Flossing is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. At JM Dental we would recommend flossing at least once a day to remove plaque from the areas between your teeth where the toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque can turn to tartar which is the main cause of bad breath and also gum disease can be prevented too.

Is there ever a right time to floss?

Whether you choose to floss before brushing or after is really down to you. The main emphasis we try to make, is to do it! As long as you make a thorough job of it, it doesn’t matter when. Pick a time of day and devote that to flossing. We find speaking with our patients that most prefer the evening (before bedtime) as they feel a little less rushed and more likely to stick with it. That being said, people who become too tired at the end of the day sometimes prefer to do it in the morning or even after lunch. Make it a timed ritual and stick with it.
Children should be flossing too, so make sure you help them understand the benefits of it and make it fun. Because flossing takes some co-ordination the very young will need you to do it for them, we don’t normally start seeing children floss for themselves until they are 10-11 yrs old.

Remember that flossing shouldn’t be painful.

Remember that flossing shouldn’t be painful. If you floss too hard it might damage the tissue between your teeth, and if you floss too gently you may not remove the food/plaque. It’s completely normal to feel a little discomfort when you start flossing but if this persists, speak with your dentist.
Find out more on how to floss over at the NHS website here

If you have any concerns regarding your dental needs and oral health please do not hesitate to contact us on the form below or by calling our Plymouth dentist practice on 01752 222625

Flossing – Why and When?

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