Flossing is a vital component of an effective oral hygiene routine. The benefits of flossing are a widely debated topic, as some individuals claim that there isn’t enough evidence to support the health benefits of flossing on a regular basis. However, the majority of experts agree that lack of evidence does not necessarily mean a lack of effectiveness. Plenty of studies cite the harmful properties of plaque and floss has proven to be an effective method for removing plaque from the mouth. Flossing is vital to protect your teeth from sustaining a significant amount of damage. We strive to provide all of the services and information that you need to protect your smile here at Oral Health Center.
How Does Flossing Work?
Flossing works by disrupting the plaque that forms in between the teeth. These spaces between the teeth are unreachable by toothbrushes. Because a toothbrush can’t reach this plaque or food particles, it is allowed to grow and escalate. Floss is able to reach into these places and remove the plaque. In some cases, other alternatives may be used to perform the same function as floss. Water flossers are a good alternative for individuals who may not have the dexterity required to effectively floss teeth.
Is Flossing Important?
In short- yes, flossing is an important addition to your oral hygiene routine. Despite the conflicting opinions regarding the importance of flossing, no study has ever been done that showed that an individual’s oral health improved after ceasing flossing. Many people refrain from flossing, as it can cause their gums to bleed. When gums bleed, it means that the gums are inflamed because plaque has built up underneath. Removing the plaque is the only way to prevent this from happening. Bleeding gums from flossing is just further proof that you need to start flossing on a regular basis. There is no point at which it is too late to begin flossing. It is also important to note that flossing is not a replacement for brushing your teeth. It is vital to both floss and brush your teeth regularly to protect them.
How to Floss your Teeth
The method you use to floss your teeth is just as important as flossing them in the first place. This is also true with brushing. Knowing how to floss your teeth will make the flossing process much more effective. Flossing involves sticking your fingers into your mouth, so you need to wash your hands prior to flossing. After washing your hands, you will want to get a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long. This may seem like a significant amount of floss, but you need a new clean segment as you move from tooth to tooth.
Wind the floss around either your index or middle finger and use your thumbs to direct the floss. Keep the floss taut between your fingers and glide it gently between your teeth, using a zig-zag motion. When you reach the top of the teeth, form a C shape with the floss to clean underneath the gums. Slide the floss in a vertical motion against the tooth and under the gum line to effectively remove the plaque from the teeth.
The Benefits of Flossing Daily
Flossing on a daily basis provides many benefits to the teeth. It helps to remove plaque, which prevents it from building up and hardening into tartar. Removing food and plaque can immediately help the teeth to look brighter and whiter. Effectively removing the plaque can help reduce the risk of periodontal disease and fight gingivitis. Flossing regularly can prevent cavities from forming, which can reduce the risk of escalated tooth decay. Regular flossing can improve the health of the gums. Bad breath is commonly caused by the presence of bacteria in the mouth, so plaque buildup can result in less than pleasant breath. Removing this plaque can reduce the presence of bad breath.
Take Care of your Teeth
Appropriately caring for your teeth includes much more than simply flossing on a daily basis. It is important to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. Only use a soft-bristled toothbrush, as a harder variety may cause damage to the layer of enamel over your teeth. Hold the toothbrush at a 45° angle to your teeth when you brush them. Flossing on a daily basis is another key component to effective oral hygiene. You need to visit your dentist on a regular basis to remove tartar that has built up on your teeth. In addition to this, a dentist that is visited regularly will be able to catch issues in the early stages, before they escalate to expensive, and potentially painful, proportions. If an extraction becomes necessary, it can help to prevent the decay from escalating in the mouth.
There are other methods that you can implement to protect the health of your teeth. Using a fluoride-infused mouthwash can help to remove excess particles from the teeth, as well as allow the fluoride to bind and strengthen the enamel of your teeth. It can also reduce the amount of bacteria that is present in the mouth. Fluoride gels or professional fluoride treatments can also be used to protect the health of the teeth. Hydration is incredibly important to optimize oral health. A dry mouth is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Staying hydrated can prevent your mouth from drying out. Most tap water is infused with fluoride, which can further increase the benefits that drinking water will provide.
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Prevention is the best approach to effective oral health care. When you prevent problems from occurring, your teeth will stay much healthier over time. This can prevent root canals or extractions from becoming necessary to preserve the health of your teeth. The services that we offer can go a long way toward protecting the health of your teeth. To learn more about the services that we offer, as well as to schedule your regular dental cleaning, contact our experts at Oral Health Center today!