The Secrets of Flossing:
How to Floss Effectively 

Attending a dental check-up can make even the most confident of patients feel a little apprehensive. We never know what they’ll find, but we know our flossing and brushing habits will come up. Sometimes, it can be tempting to stretch the truth about flossing and fib about whether or not we floss daily. After all, it’s easy to forget - and who has time for all that fiddling around? But unless you’ve been avoiding the dentist’s chair for most of your adult life, you’ll know that dental professionals consider flossing as essential as brushing. So why is there still so much reluctance to make it part of our daily routine?

What your gums reveal about your lifestyle

Yes. Flossing just once a day before or after you brush can have a big impact on your oral health, removing build-up that toothbrushes miss. Even with the best brush technology, some areas are just impossible to reach with a brush, especially those tight places in between your teeth.

Why Should I Floss?

Although Philips Sonicare electric toothbrushes remove up to 7x more plaque than ordinary, manual toothbrushes, they still require the help of floss to reach plaque and debris wedged between teeth. Sometimes, dental floss or a flossing tool is the only thing that can fully penetrate the very small space between teeth and eliminate plaque-building bacteria. 

When Should I Floss?

When is entirely up to you. Morning or night, before or after, it comes down to your preferences. Some dentists recommend flossing before you brush, allowing for a deeper clean without excess plaque and debris interrupting the flow of fluids around your teeth and gum line when you brush. Kids should start flossing when they grow two teeth that neighbour each other – starting them early will help make the practice a habit that they will carry on for the rest of their lives.

Is There a Right Way to Floss?

45cm of dental string can stand between you and potential cavities, gum disease and ongoing plaque problems. The number one reason why people give up on floss before the week is out lies in the early irritation caused by incorrect technique. Avoid discomfort and get the ‘how’ down the first time.

Which floss?

You’ll spy a few different options on the shelf – traditional string floss is available as waxed, unwaxed, ribbon, fine, picks and flavoured. The taste is up to you, but ribbon waxed floss iss less likely to fray as it glides between your teeth and the width ends up covering more the tooth in one action.


If, like most Australians, you’re unsure of your flossing technique or simply find it too time consuming, there’s another solution. Philips Sonicare AirFloss Ultra uses unique technology to clean in between your teeth using bursts of air and water. It’s safe, easy and lets you floss the entire mouth in just 60 seconds without the need for fiddly bits of string. 

What if I have braces?

Braces do not limit flossing, in fact, they demand daily practice! Use a floss threader to get into those hard to reach places and incorporate interdental cleaners to ensure you’re not missing any tricky debris caught out of sight. The Philips Sonicare AirFloss Ultra is also ideal for braces as it can reach interdental spaces more effectively. People with bridges and implants also benefit from daily flossing. Ask your dentist to show you the right technique for your personal circumstances.

Did you know? Oral hygiene is essential to successful orthodontic treatment. That’s why Philips has specifically designed a line of products to help patients with braces minimise the build up of plaque. Browse the full range here.


How to floss using Philips Sonicare Airfloss technology

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