Townsville Family Dental Practice in Kirwan

Dr Dinesh Singham
Dr Lindsay Singham (Smith)
Dr Ruth Smith
Dr Nicole Mickan
Dr Geoffrey Compton
Dr Mark Wu
Dr Yen Tran
Erin Page OHT
Lauren Stanta OHT
Karen Ward DT


All About Flossing - by Lauren Stanta

How does flossing benefit you and your health?

  • Flossing removes 40% of the plaque build-up on your teeth.
  • Prevents holes from starting in-between your teeth.
  • If not removed early, it can become a hard build-up on your teeth, which leads to gum disease.
  • The bacteria in gum disease is known to be linked to uncontrolled diabetes, heart conditions, and Alzheimer's disease.

Why do my gums bleed when I try to floss?

  • Bleeding gums is a sign of inflammation. Your body trying to alert you something is wrong in the mouth. It could be a warning sign of active gum disease, and you may be due for your 6-month check-up and clean.
  • There are over a 1,000 different types of bacteria in dental plaque, which irritate the gums, causing them to be red, puffy, and bleed.

How do I floss?

  • There are many types of floss on the market. If you have braces, bridge, or implant, it can be easier to use floss with a stiff end to manipulate the floss in and around the wire/ implant.
  • For kids or adults who struggle to use traditional floss, there is now a stick which has a piece of floss connected to, and this is a lot more user-friendly.
  • Flossing at least once a day. If you would like more tips on how to floss, book in, and speak to one of the dental practitioners at Absolutely Dental.
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