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Freshen Up by Flossing in Addition to Brushing

Monday, April 20th, 2015

357249_blogIf you’re looking for ways to freshen up and make your smile sparkle this spring, why not add a couple of extra minutes to your daily oral hygiene regime and incorporate flossing or inter-dental brushing? You often hear dentists stressing the importance of flossing in addition to brushing, but the reality is that most people focus solely on brushing.

Why is flossing so beneficial?

Flossing involves passing very thin tape known as dental floss through the cracks between the teeth. It helps to dislodge food debris and remove bacteria and it’s really important because it cleans the parts of the mouth that can’t be reached easily with a toothbrush. Flossing helps to reduce the risk of plaque formation, which in turn decreases the chances of decay, bad breath and gum disease. Flossing can also help to reduce staining and discolouration.

How often should I floss?

We recommend flossing on a daily basis. It only takes a minute or two, but it can really make a difference to oral health. If you have any questions about flossing or you’d like advice on how to floss, our dentists and dental hygienists will be happy to help.

Alternatives to flossing

If you don’t like flossing or you find it too fiddly, we recommend using inter-dental brushes. These small, hand-held brushes are specially designed to clean between the teeth. They come in various sizes and your dentist can show you how to use them.

Should my gums bleed when I floss?

If you’re flossing for the first time, you may find that your gums bleed because you’re not used to it. However, if you’re used to flossing and you notice bleeding, this may be a sign of gum disease and we advise you to call and make an appointment.

Brushing bravely and flossing with flirtation in Central Leeds

Monday, August 26th, 2013

357249_blogWhen you look after your oral hygiene in central Leeds, two of the essential ingredients you should have in your tool kit is a toothbrush and some dental floss. Finding a good brush is generally down to you, and the market is flooded with them, but don’t be afraid to ask your dentist for advice before shopping. Dentists see more in your mouth than you do and can advise you about the strength of bristles that will suit the particular nature of your gums and teeth; electric brushes are brilliant as well. They take the sting out of the work for you and will leave the surfaces of your teeth clean and rejuvenated. But no regular toothbrush will get between your teeth and up around your gums, which is why you have to back-up brushing with flossing for a thorough clean. Again, there are many to choose from and you may well have to try a few out first before you find one that suits you. But using the combination of a brush and floss at least a couple of times a day- especially after eating will help to keep your mouth healthy for the future.

Healthy Flossing in the City of Leeds

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

If you were to take a glimpse into the history of dentistry over the past 50 years in the city of Leeds, there has been an incredible rise in products with which to maintain high levels of oral hygiene.

One such addition is dental floss, one of the most essential elements you should have in your daily programme; brushes are good- don’t ever stop brushing, but if you need to get in between the teeth, especially as gaps start to appear as you get older, brushes are too clumsy to get right inside where food can get stuck and breed bacteria, whereas floss can.

Choosing your floss depends on how big your gaps are, as the floss comes in different thicknesses, so this may tax your patience at first until you get the right one for your mouth. Then of course, you have to learn how to use it: your dentist can guide you at first, but if you get a length of floss between your fingers, stand in front of a mirror and watch the way you work it gently between your teeth.

By adopting this in the beginning, you will get better and better and before long, you’ll be doing it with your eyes shut. You can also buy pre-strung floss in packets which eliminates the need to use your fingers. It’s not difficult but this is an important factor in oral hygiene.