Most people know they need to brush their teeth twice a day to keep them healthy, but flossing can be a lot more confusing. Since every mouth is different, there is no easy flossing guide to make things simple. Instead, your flossing routine should be tailored to you. Read on to find out how to floss without using dental floss!
This could mean that an easy flossing routine is just around the corner. All you need is the knowledge and tools to make it work for you.
Why is flossing important?
Flossing helps to remove food debris and plaque that is stuck between your teeth. When you brush your teeth, the toothbrush bristles are excellent for removing surface plaque and cleaning the gum line. But you need a little extra help to get between the teeth.
Many patients ask “does flossing work?” And the simple answer is, yes! But a lot of patients don’t know that flossing can take many different forms. With so many flossing tools available, you might just need to find the right tools for your mouth.
Flossing helps to prevent periodontal disease, which is also known as gum disease. Any plaque build-up is bad for the teeth as it provides a sticky breeding ground for bacteria. This can lead to bad breath and bleeding gums. If you notice blood when you brush your teeth, this is a tell-tale sign of gum disease.
Some people avoid flossing because it makes the gums bleed. This is normal in the beginning and you can consider it a sign that you need to be flossing. In this article, we will look at some simple ways you can get control of your oral hygiene routine and make flossing easier.
In general, flossing can help with:
Keeping your breath fresh
Stopping gum disease
Reduce the chances of developing gingivitis
Helps to prevent tooth decay and loss
Is it ever too late to start flossing?
You may have tried flossing in the past, found it uncomfortable and decided not to try it again. Or you may have avoided it entirely. Don’t worry, as you can start flossing at any time and start to see the benefits in your oral health.
If you have never got into the habit of flossing, we recommend a trip to the dental hygienist for a deep dental cleaning. This will allow you to start fresh and pick up some excellent tips for easy flossing. Your gums will thank you!
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Steps for simple and easy flossing
1. Try water flossing
Those who want to make flossing easier often turn to tools like a water flosser. This smart little tool uses high powered jets of water to dislodge debris between the teeth and close to the gum line. It also gives your gums a gentle massage which can help to improve blood flow. If you’re struggling with bad breath, using a water flosser before brushing with an electric toothbrush can help.
2. Try tooth floss picks
A common problem people face when flossing is that they find it too fiddly. If you struggle to control the floss or tape, a tooth floss pick could help you. You can buy disposable tooth floss picks, or you can buy reusable ones that allow you to change the piece of floss on the holder. Either way, these flossers are excellent for those who struggle to control the floss, or those with a smaller mouth who struggle to open it wide enough to reach the back teeth.
3. Use interdental brushes
You don’t have to stick to dental floss or tape, you can also use interdental brushes to get a thorough cleaning. These small brushes look like tiny pipe cleaners and are easily pushed between teeth with slightly larger gaps. They are available in different sizes and your dental hygienist can help you to choose the right size.
4. Use a combination of tools
Floss, tape, interdental brushes, water flossers and floss picks don’t have to be an either/or choice. Every mouth is unique and the spaces between your teeth might call for different tools. You might have crowded teeth in the front that require dental tape, and you might have more spaced out teeth in the back that require interdental brushes. Using a combination of tools to achieve a perfectly clean mouth every time.
5. Visit the hygienist
Navigating the dental flossing aisle in the supermarket is not easy. You might need a little extra help before you choose the right easy flossing tools. A trip to the dental hygienist can help to clean up any misconceptions. It’s also a great way to get into a flossing routine. They might also be able to give you samples of brushes and floss to try so you can land on the right tools for your mouth. And if you have a dental restoration such as a crown or bridge, they can provide tailored advice.
If you’re ready to take control of your gum health and pledge to make your mouth healthier, get in touch to book a dental hygienist appointment with Billericay Dental. We’ll give you all the tips and tricks you need to know to get a healthier mouth.