Andrew Fiscus DDS

A few facts around FLOSS!

  • When it comes to dental floss, the traditional string floss is generally more effective. Using it with proper technique helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth, preventing harmful bacteria from growing. … Using floss picks is still better than simply forgoing flossing, however.


  • Here are some of the advantages of standard floss: More Effective — While a pick has a straight piece of floss, traditional floss has the flexibility to conform, bend, and wrap so you can more effectively clean around the curves and other irregularities of your teeth.


  • Should you floss before or after brushing? Flossing isn’t just for dislodging food wedged between your teeth. Regular flossing may also reduce gum disease and bad breath by removing plaque that forms along the gum line. It’s best to floss before brushing your teeth.


  • Flossing healthy gums the right way should never hurt. If you’re in pain while you floss, it’s a sign you’re doing it too hard. Similarly, don’t “saw” away at your gums with your floss. It’s better to floss gently, even if it doesn’t “feel” right than it is to hurt your gums.


  • side-to-side sawing motion is good to use here, but only when slipping the floss gently between the teeth. There are two sides to each space between your teeth, and you must floss each side separately so as not to injure the triangle of gum tissue between your teeth.


  • The first commercially available dental floss -towards the end of the 19th century- was made using a thin, unwaxed thread of silk. Over the years, silk was replaced by nylon thread produced in greater lengths, consistent diameter, and better shredding resistance during flossing.


  • What happens when you don’t floss? The plaque will gradually build up if people do not floss their teeth. Food particles will accumulate between the teeth. Germs and sticky bacteria in film form, known as plaque, will thrive. Plaque can build-up to the point that it looks not only quite unsightly but also causes other health issues to boot.

  • Just FLOSS!
    Flossing reduces and removes plaque between the teeth, promoting an overall healthier mouth. Prevent gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease where gums become swollen and bleed easily. Healthy gums don’t bleed when you brush or floss.