The many ways of flossing

Updated: Sep 10, 2020

Implant

Floss around the entire crown and pull out through the front, not upwards. You may also need to use a proxy brush to get into bigger spaces.


Incipient caries

An early carious lesion can be stopped from progressing to the pulp. Simply apply a little toothpaste onto your floss and clean between the two teeth where the caries hides. This helps concentrate the powerful toothpaste ingredients into the narrow spot between the teeth in question, helping remineralize the area and kill harmful bacteria.


Normal Dentition

Utilize a 12 – 18-inch string of floss and follow you tooth’s anatomy in a J-shape into the pocket around the tooth. Do not use excessive pressure - this is especially easy to do on the tooth surfaces facing toward the back of your throat. Remember to clean both sides of the space.


Bleeding Gums

This is a sign that you are not flossing enough and need to bump up your oral health regimen. Blood indicates that your body is fighting an infection in that area. This means you need to brush and floss more. This is also an indicator that it may be time to visit a dentist for a check-up.

Large spaces

A proxy brush may be able to clean the large space better than traditional flossing, especially if food and debris easily lodges into the space. A water flosser is a great tool for this scenario too.

Limited mobility

If you or a loved one has limited or impaired mobility, a water flosser is a great tool to maintain oral health and clean hard to reach surfaces. You could also utilize a single use floss threader, but I'm not a personal fan of these as they are a single-use plastic and you are utilizing the same portion of floss within the entire mouth. This can transfer

bacteria from infected spots to non-infected gum tissue.


Dentures

Only joking. Clean with a normal denture brush and make sure you remove your denture every night. No flossing needed.




Orthodontic Brackets



Proxy brushes are again a great way to clean in between the wires. If you are using clear aligners, be sure to clean them as well every night.


Other


Silk, coconut oil and other eco-friendly floss options exist on the market. If you're trying to reduce your carbon footprint, this may be a good approach.


It's also best to avoid additive flavours. Its 2020 and we just don't want unnecessary chemicals entering our bodies. amirite?


Stay safe. Keep flossing.


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