Your Fort Collins Family Dentist has probably already told you that flossing should be a part of your daily dental routine in order to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. But did you know that there are two types of floss you could use?
- A nylon floss which is made up of many strands of nylon (multi filament) and therefore can sometimes shred into pieces when used.
- A PTFE floss which is made up of a single strand (monofilament) and is much more shred resistant than a multi filament floss.
It’s extremely important that you learn to floss properly in order to preserve the health of your teeth and gums. Below are some simple flossing techniques that will assist you in learning how to floss your teeth quickly and effectively.
- Remove 15-20 inches of floss and wrap the majority of it around your middle finger.
- Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers. Then you should move the floss up and down between each of your teeth.
- Make sure your floss goes around the bottom of each tooth just below your gum line.
- Always use a clean portion of floss as you work your way through each tooth.
Ask your Fort Collins Family Dentist to demonstrate some of the flossing techniques described above. Your dentist will do everything possible to help you keep your teeth clean and healthy for years to come.