Sunday, July 19, 2009

Flossing Teeth- What I think is Important For Correct Flossing?

Dear Readers, 

What do I think is important for proper flossing?

For me, flossing is so useful for teeth as tooth brushing. 


Flossing removes food debris and dental plaque left between the teeth (called interdental spaces), and also under the gums in these spaces.
That is why I advise my patients to cleanse with dental floss after each meal. If they can not do so after each meal, I recommend doing it at least once a day, preferably at bedtime.

I also show my patients how is done properly to avoid complications.

I pay attention to TWO MAIN ERRORS that people do while they are cleaning their teeth.

1. It is important that the dental floss passes between the teeth with slow movement. If done quickly, it can injure the gums.

2. The way the dental floss is moved between the teeth is essential - the right way is to move the dental floss up and down.

Many patients tell me that they floss their teeth using forward and backward movements. In this case, they injure the gums, which can lead to inflammation, bleeding easily, even gingivitis. These movements are very harmful to the gums and, of course, the surfaces of the teeth can not be cleaned this way.

My patients also ask me when to do it - before or after tooth brushing?

I recommend to do flossing before brushing teeth because after flossing there are food debris and plaque left in the mouth.

Some people complain that they have problems while flossing in some areas because the dental floss breaks easily or they feels pain.

In these cases, this may be a sign of caries, improper or broken fillings. If there is pain, it may be a sign of inflamed gums. In either case, dental examination is recommended.

Please look at my post - Preventive Dentistry- The Priceless Way

Sincerely yours,
Dr.Trenkova, DDM

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