The Facts of Flossing

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Dental floss, as we know it has been around since the early 1800’s. But there is evidence that prehistoric people may have used horsehair and twigs to clean between their teeth. But despite the fact that flossing has practically been around since the dawn of man, many people don’t know how to floss correctly.

The kind of floss is up to you. Some people prefer waxed floss since it glides easily between the teeth and around dental work. Monofilament floss may work better than nylon floss since monofilament won’t shred when used. If you want a fresher taste, you can always opt for floss that comes in flavors such as mint or cinnamon.

You should floss at least once every day. It doesn’t matter if you floss before or after you brush, as long as you do a thorough job. Start with 18 inches. Wrap most of it around your middle fingers, leaving about two inches. Grip that between your thumbs and forefingers. Floss your top teeth and then the bottom teeth, starting at the back teeth and working your way forward. Curve the floss into a “c” shape around each tooth and floss under and then away from your gumline. Use a fresh section of floss for each tooth, and throw the floss away when you are done.

If you are interested in enhancing your oral hygiene routine, our doctor, Dr. Raymond Niles and Jr. and Dr. Kathryn Niles-Smith can tell you more about dental floss in Woodbridge, Virginia. Call 703.494.4101 today to schedule your appointment at Niles Dental.