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Are You Using the Wrong Floss?

Yes, your dentist is glad you’re using ANY kind of floss, at all!

But did you know that flossing could be such a chore for you because you’re flossing incorrectly? You may even be using the wrong type of floss, altogether.

Getting your flossing right could get you excited about keeping your teeth in tip-top shape.

Embrasure Space

No, this isn’t hugging etiquette!

The embrasure space is the dental term for the gap between teeth: how big it is, the shape of it, and how much of it is filled with gum tissue.

That space is affected by things like:

  • Tooth alignment
  • Tooth size and shape
  • Gum recession
  • Missing teeth.

Flossing is all about cleaning between teeth – the front and back-facing sides that don’t get reached with a toothbrush. But the type of floss you choose has to suit that embrasure area in order to do a good job.

Floss Options and Alternatives

Choose floss by keeping in mind those gaps between your teeth. For teeth tightly packed together, you’ll want something thin and smooth, like a waxed ribbon floss or tape. Large gaps like tufted or “fluffy” floss for wicking away plaque.

Only have a couple lonely teeth left? Show them some love by flossing with a piece of soft yarn or gauze that reaches all sides.

If you have braces or just find it difficult to floss with your hands, a water flosser could be right for you.

Some flosses come mounted on a horseshoe shaped toothbrush head for easy reaching.

Along with regular dental checkups and cleanings, flossing is an essential part of a healthy mouth and body. Find out how you can improve in your flossing technique by scheduling a visit with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401


How to Choose the Right Kind of Dental Floss

Flossing is absolutely vital to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, so it’s important that your floss does a good job. Take a look at some of the variations of classic floss that you have to choose from.


Tape-style floss is flat and stretchy. You could describe it as an elastic ribbon. Tape usually has a waxy texture and thin profile. This makes it great for people who have teeth that are so tight that flossing is difficult.

Floss Threader

Slim and flexible “needles” with large eyes, threaders allow you to string regular floss through them. You can then guide the tip of the needle under bridges, retainers, and wires to pull the floss under such fixed appliances.

Tufted Floss

Tufted floss comes in pre-measured lengths. One end is plastic-coated to act like the needle of a floss threader. The rest has a fluffy tuft of fibrous material. This soft portion is gentle and absorbent. It’s great for cleaning under bridges or around teeth that don’t have any neighbors.

Floss Pick

Floss picks are great if you’re on-the-go! Keep these handy in your purse, car, or work desk to clean up your smile right after meals. A disposable plastic pick can be used at one end like a toothpick, and at the other as a tangle-free flosser.

Flosser with Handle

A U-shaped frame supporting a length of floss is attached to the end of what looks like a toothbrush handle. This tool makes it easier to floss teeth in hard-to-reach areas.

Talk with your local dentist or hygienist for recommendations on which kind of floss is best for you and where to find it.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751


Is It Normal For Gums to Bleed When You Floss?

Posted in Gum Disease

Many patients tell their dentist, “My gums bleed when I floss, so I don’t do it.”  What they don’t realize, is that they are actually making their “gums” worse by not flossing.  When the gums (gingiva) bleed, it is called “Gingivitis” because the gingiva is inflamed, due to the biofilm buildup, which is a sticky substance produced by the bacteria in your mouth when you eat sugary types of foods.  This biofilm is irritating to the gums, which is why they bleed when you floss.

The good news is that Gingivitis is reversible.  When you floss correctly and regularly, you are helping to remove the biofilm between the teeth.  As a result, the inflammation should go away, you reduce the chances of having Gingivitis, and your gums should stop bleeding when you floss.

Here are some considerations when flossing:

  • It is best to floss your teeth by adapting the floss around the tooth like a “C” and gently wiping up and down along the tooth’s surface, including just below the gumline.  This will allow you to gently and effectively remove the biofilm, which causes your gums to bleed.
  • You should floss your teeth at least one time a day, preferably at night before bed.  This will help to remove the biofilm before you go to sleep so the bacteria is not left in between your teeth all night, making the inflammation worse.

So, it is not normal for gums to bleed when you floss.  It is actually a sign of an active infection in your mouth.  The best thing you can do for your bleeding gums is to continue flossing.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050 


Flossing 101

Posted in Gum Disease

Many people concentrate on keeping their teeth clean and looking their best. People brush their teeth at least twice a day, they rinse with a plaque fighting mouthwash, they whiten their teeth, and they even chew sugar free gum. However, many people miss the most important step in oral health – flossing. Gum disease begins at the gum line and between the teeth. Daily flossing in an important step of an oral hygiene routine to help remove plaque that builds up between the teeth that a toothbrush can not completely reach. But there is more than one way to floss.

There is an improper way: flicking the tight strands of floss between your teeth and calling it done.

And then there is a proper way to floss. Flossing 101:

Step One: Wind 18 inches of floss around the middle fingers of each hand. (18 inches may sound like a lot of floss, but as you use the floss between teeth you will want to repeatedly have a clean area of floss to use.) Pinch the floss between the thumbs and index fingers leaving a one to two inch gap in between. Use your thumbs to direct the floss upward between the upper teeth and the index fingers to direct the floss downward between the lower teeth.

Step Two: Keep the one to two inch length of floss between each hand taut so that it will move smoothly between the teeth and will remove plaque.

Step Three: Gently guide the floss between the teeth in a zig-zag motion. DO NOT snap the floss between your teeth. This will do nothing more than litter your bathroom mirror with spit, and is not effective in removing unwanted plaque.

Step Four: Slide the floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line. As the taut section of floss is used and becomes dirty, move down the floss to a clean section.

It does not matter whether your start at the front of the mouth or the back, technique is key to proper flossing. Remember to floss all of your teeth; not just the ones in the front. Food particles can become trapped under the gum and along the sides of the teeth in the front or the back. Removing them and plaque will help to ensure your mouth will stay healthy.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott




Floss Is Your Friend; Use It or Lose It

Isn’t brushing twice a day enough?  The answer to that question is, NO!   

The number one question dentists and hygienists ask each patient who come in for a dental cleaning is, “Do you floss”? More often than not, the patient’s answer is “No.”

It comes down to this; if you want your teeth to last a lifetime (which they are designed to do) take care of your teeth for life. A toothbrush cannot reach spaces between teeth. This is a common area for tooth decay to develop when flossing isn’t part of your oral hygiene.

It takes less than a minute to floss once a day. Factor in a couple minutes to brush twice a day. If you spend three minutes every day to properly care for your teeth, you are investing 21 minutes a week to your oral health.

Over time, plaque left in between teeth and near gums can cause inflammation. This is the first stage of gingivitis (gum disease). If gingivitis is left untreated, this could lead to periodontitis. Periodontitis damages the alveolar bone, which is where your teeth connect to your jaw. This advanced stage of periodontitis, when bone loss occurs, can lead to tooth loss.

Healthy and Simple Habits

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Chew sugar free gum.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash and toothpaste.
  • Change out your toothbrush every two months.
  • Brush your tongue.
  • Carry floss with you.
  • See your dentist twice per year for routine teeth cleaning and checkups.

Prevention and consistency are the lock and key for a healthy, beautiful smile for life.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 



Benefits of Regular Flossing

You may have wondered if flossing was really necessary.  After all, you brush twice a day, and you see your dentist on a regular basis.  Do you really need to floss?

The quick answer is yes.  Flossing helps to remove plaque, tiny bits of food and other debris that sometimes is caught between your teeth.  These food particles, plaque and debris are not easy to remove with a toothbrush, and may become stuck if left for a long period of time. These particles can form cavities, tartar or calculus if left in place for long periods of time, and may cause tooth decay and gum disease if not removed.  In combination with regular dental cleanings and checkups, flossing and brushing helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Dental floss is designed to easily slip or slide between your teeth to remove these particles safely and effectively.  For the best results when flossing, you should floss at least once a day, and then immediately brush afterwards to remove any particles that may have become dislodged during the flossing process.

When you are flossing, gently glide the floss between each tooth along the gum line.  Do not forget to floss the back teeth and at the end of the mouth.  To floss well, use about 12-18 inches of floss, and remove the debris or small particles from the floss in between each tooth.

If you are having problems getting a piece of floss to fit between your teeth, talk to your dentist or dental hygienist about different flossing options.  There are devices that can be used to help move the floss in the right direction, and there are different types, consistencies and thickness of flosses that are well suited for different mouth sizes and shapes.  Your dentist will be able to make a recommendation that is best for you based on your mouth and teeth size.

Posted on the behalf of Muccioli Dental


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