No one wants to talk about flossing. As a matter of fact, this will most likely be our least read blog! But did you realize that if you don’t floss you are missing 1/3 of your teeth and leaving plaque and bacteria there to  do damage and cause cavities to begin!

77b85a3b3beeddc695afec336723d6a2There are 4 steps to proper flossing and you can use any kind of floss (waxed, unwaxed, spongy floss, dental tape, etc.):

  1. Wind: Wind 18 inches of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a one- to two-inch length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.
  2. Guide: Keep a one- to two-inch length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.
  3. Glide: Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a zig-zag motion. DO NOT SNAP FLOSS BETWEEN YOUR TEETH. Contour floss around the side of the tooth.
  4. Slide: Slide floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.

There is also a device similar to an electric tooth brush that can help you floss! It’s called an AirFlosser! AirFloss is a new device developed by Philips Sonicare to remove plaque biofilm from between the teeth. It uses a rapid burst of air and water droplets to disrupt the biofilm from between the teeth. Using an AirFloss only takes about 60 seconds!

So which is better, regular flossing or AirFloss? Good question. Most likely the real answer will be that both are effective tools for interproximal cleaning…all you have to do is use the one you like better!

AirFloss isAir FLosser available at the office for $79.99. Click on the photo for more information!