Flossing our teeth is an activity that many of us take for granted. Some people feel that it’s too time consuming and they forget to do it, while others may think it’s uncomfortable. The truth is that flossing is too important for you to forget, and your dentist in Keller explains why.
Why is Flossing My Teeth So Important?
There are two important things that flossing your teeth accomplishes. The first is removing plaque and food particles from in between your teeth, and the second is protecting you from gum disease.
Did you know that you can actually get cavities in between your teeth? This is why it’s important to remove plaque buildup and other debris from in between your teeth. As a bonus, flossing also helps to promote fresh breath!
Gum disease is essentially an infection of the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth. This condition occurs when excessive plaque buildup causes your gum tissue to separate from your teeth, which allows harmful bacteria below the gum line. Flossing your teeth daily removes the bacteria and plaque buildup, and it also strengthens your gum tissues and protects against gum disease.
Proper Flossing Techniques
Now that you understand why it’s so important to start flossing regularly, let’s make sure you’re doing it correctly in order to avoid damaging delicate gum tissue. Here are some tips on proper flossing techniques:
- Begin with a long strand of floss, about 18 inches, wrapped around two fingers on each hand.
- Hold the floss tightly and move up and down gently in between each tooth in a C shaped motion.
- Use clean sections of floss for each tooth, and be sure to gently reach right below the gum line.
You should floss your teeth at least once per day. Many patients find it easier to incorporate it into their nightly routine.
Choosing the Right Floss
There are currently two kinds of floss to choose from. Nylon floss comes in waxed or unwaxed options in multiple flavors. Because it’s multifilament floss, it tends to tear or shred, especially if your teeth have tight contacts, or they overlap.
Single filament floss is more expensive, however it’s virtually shred-proof. It tends to glide more easily between teeth, and even those with tight contacts.
Both types of floss are capable of removing plaque and food debris when used correctly.
Contact Distinguished Dental
Our highly skilled hygienists are happy to give you a crash course or demonstration on proper flossing or brushing techniques during your next cleaning appointment. Give us a call today to get scheduled!