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Flossing and
Oral Hygiene


How Important is Flossing?

Flossing and brushing your teeth are of equal importance to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

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The space between your teeth is the perfect place for plaque (bacteria) to live and feed on food residue that gets trapped there.

Even if you brush your teeth regularly, you could be missing up to 40% of your tooth surfaces by not flossing.

Flossing, or interdental cleaning, helps clean in between teeth and along the gum lines in places where your toothbrush can’t reach.

It is an important and necessary part of maintaining proper oral hygiene and preventing gum disease.

How to Floss

Remove up to 40cm of floss and wrap it (loosely) around each of your middle fingers so that there is only about 3 cm of floss left in between your fingers.

Use your index fingers and thumbs to keep the floss taut and place the floss in between your teeth.

Do this gently and carefully as your gums are particularly sensitive in between your teeth.

Make a C shape with the floss around the tooth and carefully pull it up and down along the side of the tooth and move it underneath the gum line.

When you have finished with one tooth, use a new strand of floss for the next.

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Benefits of Flossing

When is it Safe for Children to Start Flossing?

It is generally considered safe for children to start flossing when their teeth start fitting close together, which should be sometime between the ages of 2 and 6.

During these ages, it will, of course, be necessary to floss their teeth for them. By the age of 10, most children should be able to floss their teeth on their own.

It’s important to get kids into the habit of flossing early so that they can adopt it as a healthy part of their dental hygiene routine.

They should also begin to understand that flossing and brushing go hand-in-hand to give us healthy teeth and gums.

Flossing and Oral Hygiene in Warrnambool

Dental problems are hard to manage, especially if they have already taken over you. Prevent them with proper oral hygiene techniques. Visit your Warrnambool dentist today for more tips!

Flossing and Oral Hygiene in Warrnambool

Call us on (03) 5562 4433 or visit us at 454A Raglan Parade in Warrnambool.

Dental FAQ’s

Listed below are the most commonly asked questions we receive from our patients.

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How often should I visit a dentist?
Visit your Warrnambool dentist at least twice a year. Those who have special requirements may visit more often, as your dentist recommends.
How often should I change my toothbrush?
Change your toothbrush every three months or if the bristles become worn and frayed.
Why should I floss?
Brushing cleans the tops and sides of your teeth, but flossing cleans in between them where your toothbrush can’t reach. Dental floss removes plague and debris that adhere to teeth and gums; it also helps to polish tooth surfaces and control bad breath.
How often should I floss?
Floss your teeth for 2 or 3 minutes at least once a day. The best time to floss is right before bed, but you can incorporate it into any part of your daily routine that’s convenient.