Tips: Flossing

How often do you floss…?

Remember! Flossing is as important as brushing.

Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach – under the gum line and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.

 Here is a simple way to floss:

  1. Pull a piece of dental floss (45-60cm) from the floss dispenser.
  2. Wrap the ends of the floss around your index and middle fingers.
  3. Hold the floss tightly around each tooth in a C-shape; move the floss back and forth in a push-pull motion and up and down against the side of each tooth.
  4. Be gentle but make sure you go beneath the gum line. Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue.

Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a dental examination and preventative hygiene care.

Dental hygiene is easy when you know how! Contact our Patient Coordinator on (03) 9460 7070 for advice on the best way to keep your gums and teeth vital between visits.

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