What’s the deal with flossing? You might be wondering why is it important to floss your teeth. You hear that you should do so regularly all the time. At the very least, you hear it each time you visit your local dentist. However, many people do know why it is so important to floss. Your local dentists at Smile Workshop in Hurst want to help explain to you why something so simple is so vital.
The Importance of Flossing
Flossing does about forty percent of the work required to remove persistent bacteria and plaque from clinging to your teeth. Plaque produces acid, which can damage teeth, cause cavities, irritate the gums, and eventually lead to gum disease.
Flossing might also help you stay young. Gum disease eats away at gums and teeth, which can ruin a youthful appearance. It also attacks the bones that support your teeth and the lower third of your face. If you preserve the height of that bone by flossing consistently, you will look much better as you age.
Bridges and braces can be more difficult to maneuver when trying to floss underneath the restorations or wires and between the teeth. Try using a floss threader, or look for a product called Super Floss that has one end that is firm in order to fish the floss through the teeth followed by normal floss for cleaning.
Flossing How To
- Most floss is made of either nylon or Teflon, and both are equally effective. People with larger spaces between their teeth often get better results with flat, wide dental tape while if your teeth are close together, thin floss might be the answer. The most important thing is to choose floss you’ll actually use.
- Practice and hone your flossing technique. Use a piece of floss 15 – 18 inches long, slide it between your teeth, wrap it around each tooth in a “C” shape and start to polish with an up and down motion.
- Don’t worry about a little blood at first. Bleeding is a sign that the gums are inflamed because plaque has built up and needs to be cleaned away. Bleeding after a few days could be a sign of periodontal disease, however.
- Alternatively, If you lack the hand dexterity to floss, try soft wooden plaque removers, which look similar to toothpicks, or a two-pronged plastic floss holder. Both allow you to clean between teeth with one hand.
Still not sure about the best way to floss your teeth? Let your local dentist at Smile Workshop help. Give us a call or schedule an appointment today!
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