Flossing is an important step in any good oral hygiene routine.

In order to maintain the condition of your smile, proper oral hygiene habits are key. It is advisable that you brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and that you floss at least once every day. Flossing is particularly helpful when it comes to getting rid of food particles that are stuck between the teeth, and can go a long way in reducing harmful bacteria and plaque in the mouth. But do you floss your teeth correctly? Read on for our tips on getting this important habit right…

1. Master your technique

Ideally, you should use a fairly long piece of floss — think around 45cm — each time that you floss your teeth. Wind most of the floss around both of your middle fingers, leaving around 30cm of floss for your teeth. Try to hold the floss taut, and gently move it between two teeth at a time. Move the floss gently up and down, making sure that you rub it against both sides of each tooth. Try to avoid flossing your gums as this can cause you discomfort.

When the floss reaches your gums, move it into a ‘c’ shape at the base of your tooth so that it can access the area between your tooth and gums. Take your time to repeat these actions for each tooth.

2. Make it part of your routine

If you are wondering when you should floss each day, the answer is whatever works for you. It’s best to floss before brushing your teeth because it helps to loosen food and plaque from between your teeth, which can then be brushed away. But when it comes to a specific time of day, it doesn’t really matter — simply choose a time that works for your schedule. The most important thing is that you make flossing a part of your routine, and that you do it at least once a day.

3. Choose a floss that works for you

There are a number of dental floss types available. These include standard floss, which is generally thin and easy to fit between the teeth; dental tape, which is wider and flatter, and well-suited to large gaps or for those who have braces; and dental floss threaders, which are good for braces, bridges and large spaces between the teeth.

When it comes to selecting a dental floss, the best one will really depend on your particular needs. Choose one which feels comfortable for you, or chat to your dentist about any options that they recommend.

You might also consider using other flossing tools to make the process easier. One of the most popular options is a water flosser, which involves the use of a high-pressure stream of water that removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth. This tool is particularly helpful for those who have braces, as it can effectively clean between metal wires and brackets.

How can we help?

At Integra Dental, we love helping our patients maintain healthy and beautiful smiles for life. We are available to answer any questions that you have about your oral hygiene techniques and habits, and if you have a specific concern about your oral health, we encourage you to come in and see us.

We encourage all of our patients to practice proper oral hygiene on a daily basis. We also recommend that you come in and see us for a general check-up, scale and clean every six months. This will help to avoid major damage to your teeth, and keep your smile in good condition in the long-term.

Besides general dentistry treatments, we also offer a range of restorative, cosmetic and sleep dentistry services, as well as orthodontics. To see our full offering, please have a look here.

If you would like to book an appointment, please contact us here.