At Nevada Dentistry & Braces, we strive to create healthy smiles across Las Vegas, and teaching our clients about flossing is a key step in doing so. Routine dental checkups and cleanings are important, but they can’t remove all the plaque and bacteria from your mouth on the days in between, so make sure to floss regularly!
Why All The Fuss About Flossing?
Since we are already told to brush twice per day, flossing can sometimes seem like a waste of time. This couldn’t be further from the truth—it is necessary to remove plaque and bacteria that build up between your teeth and inside your gums. If plaque is not removed, it can harden and turn into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional and may even cause gum disease.
3 Great Benefits Of Flossing
- Prevent Tooth Decay
- Reduce Your Gum Disease Risk
- Keep Your Breath Fresh & Your Smile Clean
Prevent Tooth Decay
Even if you brush thoroughly, there are bound to be areas where the bristles on your toothbrush just can’t reach, and those areas are prone to developing cavities if you don’t keep them clean. Flossing is the easiest way to remove plaque and bacteria from those tight spaces between your teeth and below the gum line.
Say No To Gum Disease
In addition to causing cavities, excess plaque and tartar below the gum line can lead to gum disease. This unpleasant condition can cause your gums to bleed and recede, and it may even result in tooth and bone loss if left untreated.
Keep Your Breath Fresh & Your Smile Clean
Few situations are as embarrassing as standing up to give a presentation at work, only to find out afterward that you have a massive piece of leftover lunch stuck between your teeth. Moments like this can be prevented by flossing and rinsing after you eat. Plus, getting rid of that extra plaque helps prevent bad breath!
How To Floss Correctly
Take approximately 18 inches of floss, and wrap most of it around your middle fingers, leaving an inch or two to work with.
- Pinch the floss between your thumb and forefinger.
- Gently slide it between your teeth. Be sure to go below the gum line.
- Curve the floss around each tooth in a “C” shape and move it up and down against the side of each tooth.
- Use a clean section for each tooth.
- Be sure to floss the back side of your last tooth.
How Often Should You Floss?
The American Dental Association recommends that you floss at least once a day. However, if you wear braces, have gum disease, or eat a lot of sugary or starchy foods, then you should consult with your dentist to find out whether you need to do it more frequently. If you have difficulty, there are a number of products that can help, such as floss holders and water flossers.
Quality Dental Care In Las Vegas
At Nevada Dentistry & Braces, we offer preventative dental care, as well as treatments for various dental conditions. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.