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Oct
19

The Importance of Flossing

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Chances are if you’ve ever stepped foot inside of a dental office, your dentist or hygienist has told you that you should be flossing your teeth. Unfortunately, it’s just one of those things that nobody likes to do. But here’s the thing…your dentist or hygienist doesn’t tell you do floss just for the kicks of it, it really is important. Here’s why:

  • Flossing prevents bone loss and helps you keep your teeth longer
  • Flossing helps prevent periodontal disease (gum disease)
  •  Flossing reduces the risk of dental decay
  • Flossing can improve other systemic health conditions

What is the correct way to floss? Simply snapping the floss up and down between the teeth won’t do it. Instead, wrap the floss tightly around each tooth in a “c” shape. Slide the floss up and down under the gums several times against each tooth. You won’t go too far. This allows for optimal plaque biofilm removal in areas that cause gum disease and tartar buildup.

Most people say they don’t floss because when they do, their gums bleed. The truth is, gums are almost always likely to bleed if you don’t floss, and it may take flossing every day for up to 2 weeks before your gums don’t bleed anymore. This is because of conditions such as gum disease or gingivitis that require time to reverse. Cleaning an infected wound on your arm won’t reduce the swelling or discomfort in a single day.

If you need help flossing, or physically can’t do it, ask your hygienist for help. There are a variety of options and accessories available that she can assist you with! Choices such as water flossers or threaders may be all you need to floss more efficiently.

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