In this blog, we will summarise the top benefits of flossing.
Your toothbrush can only access the front and backs of your tooth’s surface, therefore only removing dental plaque from these areas. Dental floss reaches those surfaces in between your teeth to ensure all of the plaque is removed from your mouth
What is dental plaque, you may ask?
Plaque is a the layer of bacteria which continually grow onto your tooth surface, it it this exact bacteria which can cause two things:
- Dental Decay (Cavities)
- Gum Disease
By removing this layer of bacteria daily from in between teeth will greatly reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease form developing, of course in association with good toothbrushing and a limited sugar intake.
In addition, daily flossing also removes any lodged food particles and helps to freshen breath in the process
- Use around 18inches wrapping some around a finger on each hand
- Pull the floss tight between each hand so there is no slack floss
- Gently move the floss (UP AND DOWN) between your teeth pulling away from the gum each time (not side to side), this is very important!
- Be gentle and make sure the floss does not slap against the gum
A common question we are asked is if you should still floss if your gums bleed. The answer is YES! The reason your gums bleed is a sign of gingivitis (mild inflammation of the gums) or sometimes even gum disease. By cleaning that area you are helping to prevent gum disease, and persisting in these areas, in time the gums will become healthier and the bleeding should stop.
If you have any questions about flossing, bleeding gums, diet advice or anything else mentioned in this blog, make sure to get in touch with us!
Good oral hygiene is important by itself, but it is paramount when considering any cosmetic treatments, such as tooth whitening or tooth straightening (orthodontics) and similarly with advanced restorative procedures such as dental implants, crowns or veneers. For this reason, if you are thinking about choosing any of these, please make sure you book in with one of our dentists or hygienists first to discuss more specific oral hygiene tips.
Online Booking For New Patients
New patients are able to register and book online by clicking the BOOK ONLINE button below.
This will open up a new page in your browser and allow you to register and book your appointment at a convenient time to you. You will also be able to select if you wish to be seen as a Private patient or on the NHS. You will need your mobile telephone and an email address to register and book. Please ensure you receive confirmation via email that your appointment has been booked. In your confirmation email you will also receive a link, which you will need to download and fill in your MEDICAL HISTORY and SOCIAL HISTORY forms. You will need to bring these documents filled in to your dental appointment along with 1 form of photo identification and one recent utility bill as proof of address. If you are on any NHS exemptions, you will need to bring proof of this to your appointment, otherwise you will need to pay for your treatment on the day.
We ask that you attend approximately 15 minutes before your appointment to complete your registration on the day.
Please note that we have a strict failed or missed appointment policy, and if you miss your appointment, you will no longer be able to book any further appointments at S3 Dental.
We look forward to seeing you.
Online Booking For New Patients
Existing patients can now book an appointment for an examination or problem via our online booking facility.
Please click on the link below, where you will be directed to our online booking system.
Once the page loads, be sure to select "existing patient" at the top of the page and then proceed to book your appointment.
Alternatively you can use the CONTACT page and send us a message, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.