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Some 500,000 self employed people will be able to access free dental benefite for the first time this week, as the Department of Social Protection introduces measure signalled in last October's budget.

The move means that the self employed, farmers and their dependent spouses, who were previously excluded from receiving a free annual check-up with their dentist will now be entitled to it.

The scheme is due to commence on March 27th. 


The Importance of Flossing Your Teeth

No matter how well you brush your teeth it is almost impossible to reach the food debris and plaque that lodges under the gum line and between your teeth. Flossing should be part of your daily oral health care routine. Gum disease occurs when there is an excessive amount of plaque around the gum line. The plaque harbours bacteria when it grows. Your gums react to the bacteria and this can lead to swollen & bleeding gums and eventually your teeth will become loose.


Why is flossing important?

Gum disease (Periodontal Disease) and decay are caused by bacterial plaque. The plaque sticks to your teeth and gum line. By flossing daily you can remove the plaque that brushing alone cannot remove.


How often should I floss?

Flossing helps to keep your gums and teeth healthy so we recommend that you should floss a least once a day. Ideally you should floss after every meal, especially after eating popcorn, cornflakes or meat. If you wear braces then ii is very important that you floss after every meal.


How to Floss?

If you are using Floss thread cut off about 18 inches of Floss, wrap the floss around each middle finger leaving an inch or two that you can work with. This is known as the spool method.

Hold the floss tightly between your thumb and forefinger and slide the floss gently up and down between the teeth. Once you reach the gum line gently curve the floss and follow the shape of your tooth. Use clean sections of floss for each tooth.


Types of Floss

String Floss- Waxed or unwaxed. The waxed variety are ideal for anyone whose teeth are tightly packed as it glides easier between the teeth. Waxed floss tends to fray more than unwaxed floss.

For children, people with braces, dentures, braces or for anyone with Dexterity issues there are other options available. Here are some options:

Flossers & Floss Handles - A flosser is a piece of dental floss on a stick. These are ideal for children & elderly people who find it hard to reach the back of their mouth.

Floss Threaders - A floss threader is a piece of stiffened nylon thread (similar to a fishing line). It is ideal for anyone with bridges, braces or implants. Eg SuperFloss


Interdental Brushes

An interdental brush is a small brush especially designed for cleaning between your teeth. It can help in keeping your gums and teeth healthy and can help in preventing gum inflammation, cavities and bad breath.







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