The Importance Of Flossing

Flossing removes debris and food from between the teeth. Bacteria in your mouth thrive on the food and debris left after brushing. The bacteria form a sticky substance known as plaque. Plaque sticks to the teeth and creates an acid which weakens the enamel and can contribute to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. If left unchecked, plaque can harden into tartar and can only be removed by a professional cleaning. By flossing properly, you can remove most of the food and debris in your mouth and keep the bacteria in check.

When Should You Floss?

Some people like to floss before they brush, while others floss after they brush. According to the American Dental Association both techniques are correct. The main thing is to just floss whether you do it before or after you brush. Floss when you have a few minutes to commit to doing a good job. Don’t be too gentle, and don’t be too enthusiastic. Apply enough pressure to remove food and debris, but not to hurt your gums. You may feel a bit of discomfort the first few days you begin to floss, but this will pass quickly so don’t give up.

Proper Flossing Technique

Flossing is fairly easy to master. First break off an 18-inch piece of floss and wrap the end around your middle finger. Wrap the other end on the corresponding finger of your other hand. This is the finger that will take up the floss as you use it.  Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and place it between two teeth. Gently rub the tooth and curve the floss into a C at the gum line. Gently rub the tooth away from the gums and don’t forget the back of the tooth. Repeat this technique until you have flossed all your teeth. Don’t snap the floss between your teeth, and don’t be too rough while flossing. When you’re done flossing, throw away the used floss. Do not save it as it will be contaminated with bacteria.

Flossing is an easy way to keep your teeth healthy and strong. If you have any questions about the benefits of flossing, call or contact us today.

Ross Koeppen

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