Daily flossing is a proven method for removing bacteria and other debris that cannot be reached by a toothbrush. It also increases blood circulation in your gums. Flossing removes plaque and debris that stick to your teeth and gums. It generally entails a very thin piece of synthetic cord you insert and move up and down between the sides of two adjoining teeth. You can also purchase floss wands and holders which allow easier access to your back teeth.
It's important to never "snap" the floss because this can cut your gums. Make sure that you gently scrape the side of each tooth with the floss. If you have never flossed before your gums may be tender or even bleed after you floss. After a few days this should go away. For more information on how to floss and the benefits of flossing contact the dentists at Smiles at SummerHill Dental in Newmarket, Ontario.