Did you know that less than 5% of the Aussie population regularly floss their teeth?
Teeth flossing is so important and many of us floss just twice a year – the night before our 6 monthly dental check-up.
The Australian Dental Association encourages us to floss every day for a clean and healthy mouth – but if daily teeth flossing is not realistic for you, then try to floss at least once a week.
Flossing properly removes plaque and food particles where a toothbrush simply can’t reach. Even if you are the most diligent tooth-brusher EVER!
Between your teeth and under your gum line are very hard to reach places; a buildup of plaque in those unreached areas can make your gums inflamed, lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even tooth loss for extreme cases.
Don’t just floss your teeth when food gets stuck. I am going to ask you to make it part of your routine.
Floss picks have also grown in popularity and are pretty easy to use if you prefer. Dental water jets are another way to encourage flossing.
But good old floss is just as effective and cheaper. And in many ways, better.
Seeing blood when you floss can be a little scary, but some bleeding is totally normal. It’s definitely not a reason to quit flossing!
Bleeding can alert you to some potential problems. Some people bleed because they’re flossing too enthusiastically. If you bleed alot, try to be gentler and see whether you bleed less.
People with gum disease bleed more than others when they floss. Take a close look at your gum line and see whether it looks inflamed. If you think you might have gum disease, give us a call so we can check it out.
There’s no truth to the myth that flossing teeth correctly exacerbates receding gums.
In fact, flossing can actually prevent gums from receding, since it cleans food particles and bacteria out from below the gum line. That makes flossing crucial for people with hereditary receding gums and gingivitis.
If your gums are already receding, flossing daily can help prevent further damage.
Bear in mind though that over-zealous flossing can be hazardous to gum recession so speak to us if you need advice on flossing technique. Be thorough, but be gentle.
Braces can sure make flossing challenging. But failing to floss for the months or years that you have braces is a bad idea. Just imagine how much food and bacteria will be stuck between your teeth by the time you get your braces off!
If you find flossing with braces difficult, let us at Taree Dental Care help you perfect your technique. Remember, we are here to guide you and help you with you oral hygiene.
We hope with these helpful tips that flossing becomes an easier, more routine process for you.
Remember that a dental checkup is still necessary even if you practice at-home dental care, so contact the best dentist in Taree, today! That’s Taree Dental Care of course!
Give us a call on 6550 0960 or head to our website to make an appointment.
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