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  • Q. How do you floss your teeth? What is its importance?

  • Flossing is also called cleaning of Interdental Region of teeth by the Patient at Home. It is another Oral Hygiene maintenance technique.

  • Flossing Method:


  • Floss is a Dental thread which is Multi- Filamented /waxed/ braided. We need to take the dental floss and hold it with the index and thumb finger of both hand, stretch the floss, then place it in-between two teeth. Clean the surface by gently moving the thread up and downward in between two teeth surface and repeat this procedure for all teeth. Floss holders are also available for easy handling of the floss.

  • Uses:
  • Cleaning Teeth in the Surface which cannot be cleaned by Tooth Brush.
  • Prevention of Proximal Caries.
  • Helps to maintain good Oral Hygiene.
  • Q. What is the significance of visiting a dentist every 6 months?


  • Visiting Dentist once in 6 months is very good way of maintaining oral hygiene.

  • It is the easy way of Preventing Dental Problems like

  • Decay
  • Sensitivity
  • Dental Pain
  • Gum Problems
  • The person who is visiting dental clinic in a regular interval of 6 months will have early detection of any dental problems.
  • The food we are taking gets deposited in the interdental region that is in between 2 teeth which are not removed / cleaned by our regular brushing. Hence the interdental food deposition leads to "Decay". It is prevented by dental cleaning (scaling) which is very essential for everyone.
  • " If a person is not brushing properly, there is deposition of Stains and Calculus on teeth which leads to Gum diseases ----> Loosening of teeth -----> Loss of teeth
  • So, the entire tooth loss is prevented by DENTAL VISIT every 6 months for the maintenance of functional and esthetic value of teeth.
  • Ill effects of having habits like chewing tobacco, smoking etc which leads to oral cancer can also be detected during routine checkup.
  • How relevant is Dental Care during Pregnancy?


  • Pregnancy period is divided into three trimesters. During pregnancy, simple dental treatment like scaling, filling can be done. Other treatment such as extraction, root canal can be done during the 2nd trimester.
  • 1st trimester time - Any aggressive dental treatment may lead to abortion as this is the period for histogenesis and organ - differentiation of the foetus
  • 3rd trimester time - the dental treatment may leads to premature delivery as patients have severe stress related psychological fear associated with dentistry.
  • So, the routine measures like proper brushing at morning and night, gargling mouth after every meal, use of floss etc are better to maintain oral hygiene even during conception or before.
    Maintaining oral hygiene during pregnancy is good for both MOTHER and FETUS.