Flossing – Is it worth it??
Why should I floss?
Flossing is a very important part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Brushing alone only cleans 70% of the tooth surfaces. By flossing you’re helping to clean the non accessible areas decreasing the likelihood of cavities or gum disease.
How should I floss?
Below is a video of the best technique.
When should I floss?
It is recommended to floss once daily. When should this be? As long as you get it into your daily routine the timing isn’t too important. It would be ideal to complete before brushing in the evening to dislodge anything that can be brushed away.
At what age should my children start?
Whenever they are able to grasp the habit. Their manual dexterity usually allows then to become half decent at flossing around 10 or 11 years old.
Should it hurt?
Normally there shouldn’t be much tenderness from flossing. Although if you haven’t flossed for a while there maybe tenderness for a couple of weeks until the gums become healthy. It is also normal for the gums to bleed on flossing if you haven’t flossed for a while. If bleeding or tenderness continues after a couple of weeks of routinely flossing it is advised to contact your dentist.
If you have difficulty mastering the flossing technique, there are other options for interdental cleaning. You can use interdental brushes or a water pick. Talk to your dentist about what the best option for you is.