How many times has your dentist or dental hygienist asked you if you floss? Although a key factor in maintaining oral health, this important step is often overlooked! Whether you find it tedious, or you just haven’t put that much thought into it, we want to convince you to make flossing a part of your daily routine!
Your Mouth Will Thank You!
Although your toothbrush does a great job, it can’t reach all areas of your mouth. When you skip flossing, you are missing out on cleaning more than one-third of your tooth’s surface. Within 24 to 46 hours, that lingering plaque hardens on our teeth and turns into tartar, which can only be removed by a professional cleaning. Over time, you’ll be at risk of not only developing cavities and bad breath, but also gum disease.
The Proper Flossing Technique
Take a generous amount of floss and wrap it around your index and middle fingers, leaving about two inches of space in between. Slide the floss between your teeth, wrap it into a “C” around the base of your tooth, and gently move it under the gumline. Repeat this process two to three times per tooth, and make sure to use new floss for every use! Once you are done, make sure you throw the floss out and never flush it down the toilet. You should brush your teeth after flossing, as all the particles in your mouth are much looser, making it easier for your toothbrush to clean!
Don’t be alarmed if you experience minor bleeding as a new flosser! Not only is this totally normal, but it’s just your gums becoming stronger. If you notice your bleeding longer than a few days, give us a call so we can assess the situation!
Come to Scarborough!
Dr. Rik and our amazing team would love to meet you! Scarborough Dental Group offers a variety of treatments such as family dentistry, Invisalign, and cosmetic treatments! Call us at 647-697-4109 to book your consultation today, new patients are always welcomed!