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.