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Are You Flossing Correctly? Marietta, GA

Are You Flossing Correctly?

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Considering that the American Dental Association reports that 20% of adults never floss, perhaps the most pressing question is “are you flossing at all?” Despite recent debate in the media, flossing absolutely has a role in better oral health. Flossing cleans up to 35% of your tooth surface that your toothbrush cannot reach. Considering that gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss, is most commonly triggered by plaque accumulation along the gum line, flossing is a powerful tool that should not be left out of your oral hygiene routine.

Just like brushing your teeth, flossing also needs to be performed the right way. In fact, technique is the key to getting the benefits from your flossing habits. Patients of all ages resort to the wrong flossing technique, which can be a waste of time and flossing thread! Remember that if you child cannot tie his or her shoe, they probably shouldn’t be flossing on their own. Do the job for them, but make sure you are doing it right.

Are you quickly swiping some floss between each tooth in order to pull out stuck food particles? If so, you need to reconsider your technique. Here is a simple guideline to follow when it is time to floss:

  • Use dental floss from a dispenser
  • Wrap the strand of floss tightly around one finger of each hand
  • Pull a short length of flossing thread tight
  • Insert the floss below the gum line and along the side of the tooth
  • Wrap the floss around the side surface of the tooth and scrape upwards with the floss
  • Go to the next tooth; follow the same routine of by starting with the floss below the gum line
  • Remember to rinse the floss when food debris is pulled out

The biggest difference between the above flossing technique and one where you are simply dislodging stuck food is that you’ll be able to eradicate the sticky plaque accumulation that forms just beneath the gums and along the tooth root. By doing so, bad breath and gingivitis are more effectively addressed.

Not sure if you are flossing the right way? Let us help. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we welcome the opportunity to help patients take care of their teeth and gums at home, whether it is suggesting a certain product or showing them a better technique. Our dental team believes in the power of proper flossing for a healthier, more confident smile!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Marietta, GA 30060

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