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Flossing (Overview)

Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it removes plaque from between teeth and at the gumline, where gingivitis and periodontal disease often begins.


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How often should you floss?

How often should you floss?

At least: Once daily and with the proper "c" shape wrap around each tooth. For those who find in difficult to maneuver their hands/finger check out www. GumChucks. Com ...Read more

Flossing (Overview)

Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it removes plaque from between teeth and at the gumline, where gingivitis and periodontal disease often begins.


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Is rinsing just as good as flossing?

Is rinsing just as good as flossing?

Flossing: Rinsing although helpful is not as good as flossing. Flossing not only removes plaque it cleanses the area between the teeth where they contact preventing cavities from forming between the teeth. ...Read more

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How can I make flossing more of a habit?

How can I make flossing more of a habit?

Keep by TV: Sounds funny but many of my good flosers do so while watching tv or at computer! Then brush and wash hands at sink during advertisements. ...Read more

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How to make it easier to start flossing?

How to make it easier to start flossing?

Practice: Practice makes it easier to floss. You might start with floss aides, to start with, but as you advance the clean feeling you get with flossing can only really be achieved with flossing. ...Read more

Dr. Zahid Niazi Dr. Niazi
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Flossing (Tip)

Regular flossing and brushing maintains a healthy gum. ...See more

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Any flossing tips for me if never done it?

Any flossing tips for me if never done it?

Ask your dentist: Best thing is to have your dentist or hygienist show you. The next best option is to search you tube for videos on how to floss. ...Read more

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What are ways to make flossing more enjoyable?

What are ways to make flossing more enjoyable?

Healthy fun: There are many types of floss included flavored floss--mint, cinnamon etc. Why not treat yourself to a few varieties and use a different one daily. By the time your used a few different types, you should be "hooked.". ...Read more

Dr. Donovan Young Dr. Young
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Flossing (Tip)

Follow daily oral hygiene of brushing twice daily and flossing once a day. Rinse your mouth procare. ...See more

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What problems can occur if I floss too deeply?

What problems can occur if I floss too deeply?

Bleeding, receding: Bleeding, for one. But if you make a habit of flossing to deeply then over time you could cause your gums to recede between your teeth. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of using floss every day?

What are the benefits of using floss every day?

Plaque removal: Your tooth brush physically can not get all the way between your teeth. Flossing will get the areas that the brush can't preventing plaque and calculus (tartar) build up which if left would cause tooth decay gingivitis and possibly periodontal desease, recession and tooth loss. See your dentist or hygienist for more info. ...Read more

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Flossing (Tip)

Frequent professional cleanings, excellent brushing/flossing/proxy brushing at home, use rx rinse. ...See more

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I'm wondering how long does it take you to floss?

Practice: The more often you floss, the more proficient you become, the less time it will take you. Bravo for your diligence. ...Read more

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Is waxed floss preferable to Oral B's super floss?

Is waxed floss preferable to Oral B's super floss?

Glide easiest to use: What ever your preference, just make sure that you are using the dental floss correctly and at least two times daily. The easiest dental floss to use is Glide. ...Read more

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Flossing (Tip)

Water pik does not work as well as flossing. Wrong! Use it once and you will love it! So good! ...See more

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What is the definition or description of: flossing?

Plaque removing: Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it removes plaque from between teeth and at the gumline, where gingivitis and periodontal disease often begins. ...Read more

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Is 'nerve flossing' healthy for the affected nerve?

Is 'nerve flossing' healthy for the affected nerve?

Yes: Nerve flossing theoretically reduces the likelihood of scar formation after surgery to the affected nerve. It is simple to do with low risk. Often taught and described by physical therapists to patients after lumbar discectomies. ...Read more

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Flossing (Tip)

Flossing before brushing instead of after makes it easier to remember to do once it becomes a habit. ...See more

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Does flossing really make that much of a difference?

BIG DIFFERENCE!: Flossing makes a big difference. Daily flossing can prevent gum disease... Flossing removes plaque. Prevents cavities. Removes bacteria between the teeth. Things that brushing only cannot do.. ...Read more

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Which is better to use: floss picks or regular floss?

Which is better to use: floss picks or regular floss?

Regular floss: Floss picks are not very flexible and do not present an ideal "wipe" to clean a curved tooth surface. By using manual floss you can manipulate better to capture more plaque. However, given the choice of floss picks or no floss... Then floss pick. Do it twice daily and skipping days is like not flossing at all! ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Flossing (Tip)

Regular dental cleanings combined with brushing and flossing can prevent gum disease. ...See more

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Would flossing in the morning and evening be too much?

Would flossing in the morning and evening be too much?

Floss daily: Be careful not to cut your gums and you should be ok. ...Read more

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It is better to floss twice a day instead of once a day?

It is better to floss twice a day instead of once a day?

Once is sufficient: For most individuals, once a day is fine. If one has food traps between the teeth, then extra flossing to remove the food is good. Once a day thorough cleaning to remove the biofilm will help protect against decay, gum & bone disease and breath problems. I like to see individuals also using closys mouth rinse to improve their effectiveness in controlling the biofilm. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Flossing (Tip)

Mild gum disease can be cured at home with brushing, flossing, and a good tooth rinse. ...See more

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Do you think flossing more would help with overcrowding?

In what way?: In regards to maintaining a clean, healthy mouth, yes. In regards to moving those teeth into alignment, no. Flossing always helps get into areas where your toothbrush can't. ...Read more

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Could not flossing for only a week cause a lot of damage?

Still reversible: If it is only one week, and you have kept your flossing ; brushing well until then, the damage is quickly reversible. Make sure to keep regular visits to your dentist and hygienist. It is important not to repeat this "one week off" flossing habit, however. More than 3/4 of us population over age 30 have gum disease. The less flossing, the higher the chance of gum disease (gd). ...Read more

Dr. Young Choi Dr. Choi
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Flossing (Tip)

Flossing is great for oral hygiene and preventing gum disease. However, it tends to be overlooked. ...See more

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What should I use for cleaning behind a crown other than floss or picks?

What should I use for cleaning behind a crown other than floss or picks?

Mostly brush: Use a brush angled at a 45 degree angle or a soft rubber tip in the space between the tooth and the gums. It brings up the question of why is this crown a particular problem for you? ...Read more

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Flossing hurts so bad. Should I try a different type of floss or what can I do?

Instructions: I suggest you see a dentist for instructions on proper flossing. Flossing should not be a painful experience. There is also plenty of information on line of how to floss. Here is one site: www. Oralb. Com/proper-flossing. ...Read more

Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
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Flossing (Tip)

Follow dentist advise on cleaning, flossing, and use of special products. Get regular dental care. ...See more