Flossing Basics

Flossing BasicsFlossing the in-between spaces of your teeth with good quality dental floss is in every way just as important as brushing with fluoride toothpaste and rinsing with dentist recommended mouthwash.

Spokesperson for the American Dental Association and former clinical instructor at the Boston University Richard H. Price DMD compares the importance of flossing to cleaning a house. Dr. Price remarks “You cannot effectively vacuum a house with only one attachment… Your need other attachments to get into the nooks and crannies. That’s what floss does.”


The active prevention of gum disease is perhaps, if not, the most apparent benefit of keeping a regular flossing habit.

Unlike the bristles of a toothbrush, which clean the in-between spaces of your teeth with much difficulty, a single strand of dental floss can easily access deep interdental spaces. This makes for an easier, better, and more comprehensive cleaning. There are a number of things to keep in mind when flossing.

  1. Consistently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner every day.
  2. Floss at least once a day.
  3. Be careful when using dental floss. Floss gently to make sure you don’t ruin your gums.

The thing to remember, according to Dr. Price, is that flossing everyday is consequential to good oral health. As to what particular dental floss works best for your teeth, Dr. Price remarks “Any floss that slips easily between the teeth without hurting and damaging the gums is the floss for you.  ”

For people who experience difficulties with handling longer strands of dental floss, such as the elderly and those afflicted with arthritis, there are floss holders and other interdental cleaning tools that help make flossing a whole lot easier.

Dentist In Sunshine Coast 

While good dental habits help you keep your teeth and gums in pristine condition, seeking professional dental help is still an imperative when it comes to optimizing the status of your oral health.

For top-notch and state-of-the-art dental solutions in the local Sunshine Coast area and its surrounding regions, visit your local Dentist In Sunshine Coast at Smiles Nambour. Since first opening its doors, Smiles Nambour has dedicated its practice into guiding its patients towards  a path of optimal health and wellness. Call us at (07) 5441 4438. Or simply book an appointment online.