Flossing and your Oral Health

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Good oral hygiene is not only important in keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but also contributes to your overall well-being.

Simple daily preventative measures including brushing and flossing can minimise the risk of problems developing into much more serious conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Please take a moment to review your flossing technique at home or ask for a flossing demonstration from your periodontal hygienist at your next visit!

* Take approximately 30cm of tape

* Wrap tape around your middle fingers, so that you can use your thumbs and index fingers

* Insert the tape in between each tooth, sliding the tape gently up and down, being careful not to snap or force the floss, as this can result in gum injury!

* The floss needs to be wrapped around the side of the tooth in order to effectively reach the bacteria below the gum line

* Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth

What if I have restorations in place (crowns)?

Flossing around restorations / dental implants is vital to maintain a healthy field. The peri-implant crevice is highly susceptible to inflammation / peri-implant disease due to bacterial biofilm. Ask your periodontal hygienist to demonstrate flossing techniques at your next maintenance appointment.

What if bleeding occurs while flossing?

Bleeding gums is symptomatic of a periodontal gum condition called gingivitis. Flossing between teeth removes bacterial plaque which causes the tissue irritation and the bleeding. Don’t let a little bleeding deter you! Keep flossing and the bleeding should cease over several days. If it persists, we recommend you make an appointment to see your periodontal hygienist.

Periocare floss demonstration