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London dentists talk flossing

Flossing your teeth – Smilepod London dentists share their tips and tricks

We all know that flossing is just as important as brushing our teeth as it removes plaque from areas a toothbrush just can’t reach like in between teeth and under the gum line. But flossing can seem like such a chore and is often easily forgotten. To help, we’ve come up with a few tips on how to floss properly.

1. Flossing should be done at least once a day, especially before going to bed. Try leaving the floss somewhere visible so it cannot be missed. Think about putting it next to your bedside table or near your toothbrush.

2. To start flossing, wind about 12-18cm of floss around you forefinger, leaving a few extra centimetres to work with.

3. Holding firmly with your thumb, slide the floss in between the tooth and gently move it in an “up-and-down” motion. This is important as it is the most effective way of removing the build up of plaque. Lean the floss against your teeth not the gums.  Gently curve the floss around the base of the tooth, making sure you clean under the gum line. Repeat this action for each tooth using a new section of the floss.

4. Remove the floss by bringing it up and away from the teeth.

Still having trouble?

If you are still struggling with your flossing techniques, maybe you should try floss picks… They are just as good and you don’t need to spend the time winding the floss around your finger.

You might also want to try interdental brushes which can be combined with flossing. They will remove plaque from the backs of your teeth and from small gaps which are often quite hard to reach with regular floss. They come in a number of different sizes so when you next come to Smilepod be sure to ask your dentist.

If you still aren’t able to floss every day, minimise the level of bacteria and plaque deposits around your teeth by using the Philips Sonicare Airfloss. It’s a quick and effective way to remove soft plaque and combines the brushing and flossing process. This is a far better option than skipping flossing all together.

Remember: daily flossing reduces plaque build-up which means less chance of you getting tooth decay or gum disease!

Did you know:

According to the British Heart Foundation (March 2012), ‘Good oral hygiene can help to protect you against endocarditis’ (inflammation to the lining of the heart). As you can see, it’s really important to clean your teeth every day and to visit your dentist regularly.


British heart foundation (March 2012) ‘Brushing your teeth – stops heart disease’

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