Someone may have these questions. What is the deal with flossing? Is it necessary? Does it make a difference? Why isn’t brushing only enough? Today we will talk about why flossing your teeth is important and how to floss properly.

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Brushing mainly only affects the surfaces of the teeth that you can see, the front, the back, and the biting surfaces. Not only that but those surfaces that are visible in the mouth also get a little extra help. They get help from our cheeks, our tongues because those structures in our mouth always are clearing food and keeping our teeth clean. There are certain areas of our teeth that don’t get that type of benefit and that’s between our teeth where the teeth touch. It’s nearly impossible for the toothbrush bristles to actually reach in between our teeth. Those areas have no other way to get clean.

This is where floss comes in.

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Dental floss when done right can actually clean the surfaces that cannot be reached by a toothbrush or other natural cleaning actions. If we are not flossing, your tooth surfaces are not getting clean, not getting cleared of plaque and debris, and what happens when those things stay? Cavities, periodontal disease, and other problems that can come up later.

There are two types of flossing.

The first way is with a flossing stick or a floss applicator.

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When using the floss applicator we insert the floss between the teeth. But instead of just going in and out, we’re going to put gentle pressure either to the front or the back, and then slowly go up and down sometimes. The idea is to clean the tooth and not act like we’re merely trying to get something out. Bow the string toward the other direction and again back and forth, up and down.

The second way, with traditional string floss, is very similar.

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Pattern insert the floss in between the teeth but instead of just going in and out we bow the floss to one side back and forth and clean. Then go to the other side back and forth, up and down and out. Do that between all contacting surfaces of all teeth.

Hope those demonstrations were beneficial and hopefully you’ve seen that flossing is much more than just trying to pry out your lunch from your teeth. Flossing is an integral part of oral health and it serves to remove plaque, debris, and other things that can build up between your teeth that you may not be aware of It’s just as important as brushing your teeth.

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