Most neglected part of Dental Hygiene: FLOSSING

Flossing Facts:

  • Everyone with teeth must be flossing but don't.
  • Majority of people do not floss.
  • Most of us were never taught to floss.
  • Floss was unheard of back then.
  • Most people are not getting flossed from their dentist or hygienist.
  • People who claim they do floss are not doing it right.
  • It is technique sensitive.
  • Knowledge of tooth anatomy is required.
  • Most of us floss blindly.
  • Flossing helps prevent gum disease.
  • Most people have no idea how to do it right.

Flossing complicated by:

  • Lack of interest
  • Lack of knowledge on how to floss
  • Large hands
  • Small mouth
  • Handicap
  • Large tongue
  • Large painful and bleeding gums
  • Multiple decayed teeth
  • Flat contacts
  • Difficult access
  • Hyper gag reflex
  • Tight areas in the mouth
  • Non-compliance
  • Tight contacts between teeth
  • Lack of time
  • Forgetfulness, busy life

Do you floss?

Ask yourself these questions.

  • What is floss and what is it made of?
  • Is it good to floss?
  • Will it move my teeth or loosen my teeth?
  • Do I need to floss even if it bleeds?
  • Will flossing cure bleeding gums?
  • Who taught me to floss?
  • Am I doing it right?
  • How do I do it?
  • How often do I do it?
  • Does my Dentist do flossing for me?
  • Am I supposed to be doing it?

Oral Hygiene aids and adjuncts:-

Ask yourself these questions.

  • Tooth brush & floss
  • Saltwater rinse
  • Mouthwash
  • Baking soda & peroxide
  • Inter-dental brushes & Inter-dental stimulants
  • Gargling
  • Oral irrigation devices
  • Tooth picks
  • Coarse and Fibrous foods

What flossing does:

  • Cleans between teeth
  • Removes debris and soft plaque
  • Helps Prevent gum disease
  • Keeps gums and bone healthy
  • Prevents further bone loss
  • Prevents bad breath bone
  • Removes dirt from tight spaces
  • Helps restore bad gums
  • Helps maintain dental restorations
  • May prevent caries
  • Reduces or eliminates bleeding

What flossing does not do:

  • Does not move teeth
  • Does not create spaces between teeth
  • Does not loosen teeth
  • Does not get rid of gum disease
  • Does not eliminate bad bacteria
  • Does not damage supporting healthy
  • Does not destroy teeth
  • Does not help damage to gums
  • Does not eliminate infection
  • Does not get rid of caries
  • Does not remove hard tartar

Where you can reach:

  • Flat surfaces of the teeth
  • Between teeth but above the gums
  • Under bridges
  • Between crowns and implants

Where you cannot:

  • Deep pockets
  • Tight contact areas
  • Below gum level
  • Tilted or rotated teeth
  • Impacted teeth
  • Furcation areas