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Benefits of Flossing; Regular use of dental floss removes plaque, helping to prevent the buildup of plaque, which can lead to tartar. Simply flossing your teeth can make them look brighter by removing plaque and excess food particles that you may not see in the mirror or in areas that your toothbrush doesn’t reach. Think of a carpet before and after you vacuum. You may not really see the dust and dirt, but once you vacuum and the dust and dirt are removed, the carpet looks brighter. The same principle applies to flossing. Most People view floss as an annoying chore. We are all tired at night and that extra step seems like it takes forever. But success is flossing consistently day after day…

What Does Flossing Do?

Flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove sticky bacteria, or plaque, from your teeth. Plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and lead to gum disease. Each tooth has five surfaces. If you don’t floss, you are leaving at least two of the surfaces unclean. Floss is the only thing that can really get into that space between the teeth and remove bacteria. If your gums are inflamed you may have swelling, soreness, or bleeding in the gums, especially after flossing. Your body is trying to irrigate the food, plaque, and bacteria in your gums with the inflammation and bleeding. You may have heavier bleeding at first, but the more you floss, the less bleeding you will have. That is the benefit of flossing your mouth and gums will be healthier, causing them to no longer bleed.

How to Floss…

  • Follow this step-by-step guide to floss your teeth correctly.
  • Break off about 18 to 24 inches of dental floss. To hold the floss correctly, wind most of the floss around both of your middle fingers. Leave only about 1 to 2 inches of floss for your teeth.
  • Next, hold the floss taut with your thumbs and index fingers.
  • Place the dental floss in between two teeth. Gently glide the floss up and down, rubbing it against both sides of each tooth. Don’t glide the floss into your gums. This can scratch or bruise your gums
  • As the floss reaches your gums, curve the floss at the base of the tooth to form a C shape. This allows the floss to enter the space between your gums and your tooth.
  • Repeat the steps as you move from tooth to tooth. With each tooth, use a new, clean section of floss.

The Rest of Your Body is Healthier When You Floss

Daily flossing doesn’t just keep your teeth healthy—practicing good oral hygiene contributes to your health in other ways, too. In fact, there’s an increasing amount of evidence linking periodontal disease to an increased risk of heart disease, although more studies are needed to confirm this link. Some researchers think that mouth infection, like any infections, can increase the levels of inflammatory substances in the blood, which can promote blood clots and slow blood flow to the heart. It also helps prevent tooth decay and can reduce your risk of developing gingivitis. Flossing prevents tooth decay and promotes a healthy mouth. And a great thing is your smile will look better. Flossing leads to a better breath, whiter teeth, and a more confident smile.

How Flossing Helps Your Gums

While periodontal disease is not the primary cause for pulpal death, chronically unhealthy gums can increase your risk of losing your teeth or needing a root canal. And even though twice-daily tooth brushing is essential for good oral hygiene, brushing alone may not protect you from gum disease and the tooth loss that can result. Put flossing in your daily routine. Floss in the shower, leave the floss by the TV, or leave it by your favorite chair. Again the success with flossing is doing it day after day, rather than the time of day that you do it.

Good oral hygiene involves more than just brushing your teeth. It also involves flossing and knowing how to floss correctly. Flossing helps remove bacteria, plaque, and food from between your teeth, and it reduces the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease. Along with regular brushing and flossing, make sure you also schedule regular dental cleanings at least twice a year.

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Torbeck Dental treats every patient with dignity and excellent care. We are highly-trained dental professionals with exceptionally friendly and helpful service. We understand that for many, visiting a dentist can be a stressful experience so our comfortable surroundings and compassionate staff will ease any fears you may have. We are here to help you achieve your happiest and healthiest smile! Our dental team are a group experienced professionals using the latest treatments. Our team has the professional experience to realize that there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all treatment, so we never use a one-size-fits-all approach to your dental plan. We provide quality and personalized oral health care while keeping your individuality in mind. Our goal is to improve and maintain your oral health so you can smile with confidence!