Flossing 101

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Most people don’t have a problem with brushing their teeth in the morning and before bed, but many people think it’s ok to skip flossing. Brushing and flossing removes plaque from the front, back, and chewing surfaces of the teeth, but flossing removes food particles and plaque from between the teeth, where toothbrushes can’t reach. So, flossing reduces the risk for both tooth decay and gum disease.

How to Floss
Cut a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long. Wind it around a finger on each hand, leaving an inch or two of floss in between. Hold the floss between your thumbs and index fingers, and gently work it between each tooth. Move the floss up and down between the teeth. Make sure you also floss beneath the gum line by curving the floss around the base of each tooth. Do not force floss or snap it between the teeth, as this can cut or bruise the gums. Use clean portions of floss as you move from tooth to tooth. Move the floss back and forth to remove the floss from between the teeth.

Choosing Floss
There are two types of dental floss:

– Nylon (multifilament) floss
– PTFE (monofilament) floss

Both of these types of floss have the potential to effectively remove plaque and debris if used correctly. So, it doesn’t really matter which type you choose. Buy the floss that is comfortable to you and that you enjoy using.

Please contact Jacksonville Endodontic Associates at 904.352.2510 today to learn more about floss in Jacksonville, Florida, and to set up a visit. Our dentist in Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Andrew Calhoun, and our team are thrilled to give you dental hygiene tips!