Dream Smile Dental’s Flossing Tips and Pediatric Treatment Special

Posted: August 31st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Proper flossing technique is a must for good oral health as it 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, flossing properly each day is highly recommended.

To receive maximum benefits from flossing, use the following proper technique:

  • Starting with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with
  • Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth
  • Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gum line. Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut or bruise delicate gum tissue
  • Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth
  • To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the floss up and away from the teeth
 The are two types of floss and both are ADA approved care products:

 Nylon (or multi-filament) floss
 PTFE (mono-filament) floss

Nylon floss is available waxed and unwaxed, and in a variety of flavors. Because this type of floss is composed of many strands of nylon, it may sometimes tear or shred, especially between teeth with tight contact points. While more expensive, single filament (PTFE) floss slides easily between teeth, even those with tight spaces between teeth, and is virtually shred-resistant. When used properly, both types of floss are excellent at removing plaque and debris from your teeth.

It is imperative to learn to floss correctly at a very young age.  Our Dentists are skilled at communicating and teaching your children solid dental hygiene techniques.  Take advantage of our special offer for new pediatric patients that includes exams, x-rays, cleaning, and of course floss education all for $99, a $325 dollar value. Our offer is good through October!

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