Developing a healthy habit of flossing can help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, allowing you to keep more of your natural teeth as you age. Often neglected from daily oral hygiene routines, flossing is surprisingly quick and easy once you know what to do.
How to floss effectively:
- Pull the floss taut and slide it between two teeth.
- Pull against the side of one tooth, creating a “C-shape” and sliding upwards to remove plaque build-up.
- Pull against the opposite tooth edge using the same technique.
- Repeat this process for each tooth until all inner surfaces have been flossed.
- Don’t forget to floss the backs of your molars!
The Australian Dental Association (ADA) recommends flossing as part of regular oral hygiene, to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. Even if you have restorations, such as implants, crowns or veneers, good oral hygiene is essential for prolonging their longevity and maintaining oral health. It is also important to floss your children’s teeth once the gaps close between them, as decay can easily progress unnoticed here.