FLOSSING - WatsonsHealth


Every day flossing is suggested for everybody. Flossing helps in cleaning out the tight spaces between the teeth. If you have braces, you may need to utilize floss threaders to get between the metal brackets.

To get the most advantage out of flossing, you’ll need to ensure you’re flossing in the right way. At your next dental appointment, approach your dentist for a flossing demo to ensure you’re getting the full advantage from utilizing this tool.

Benefits of flossing include the following:

  • Removes plaque and prevent its build-up
  • Helps prevent tooth decay
  • Reduce risk of gum disease
  • Reduces oral infections

The types of floss include the following:

  • Waxed floss
  • Unwaxed floss
  • Dental tape
  • Tufted, braided
  • Floss holder, which is a handle with two prongs in Y or F Shape
  • Floss threader
  • Threader-tip floss which has an attached threader tip
  • Power flossers which has a bow type tip and a single filament nylon tip

Here are some tips on how to floss effectively:

  • Floss at least once a day and make this as a daily routine
  • Bleeding may first occur but if it persists, see your dentist
  • Floss between the teeth and behind the back teeth
  • Gently floss between and around teeth to avoid gum damage
  • Ask your dentist for other flossing tips







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