Floss for healthy gums and fresh breath – here’s why.
As a dentist, I frequently advise patients to floss more often. Flossing is the key to preventing tartar build-up at the gum line and to reduce bleeding between teeth from inflamed gum tissue.
Flossing helps to keep your gums healthy, reduce your risk for tooth decay and helps prevent bad breath yet many avoid flossing or simply do not know how to floss effectively.
The purpose of flossing is to remove food particles that become lodged in places a toothbrush cannot reach, such as under the gum line and between the teeth. Flossing should not take the place of brushing – to get the best oral health and fresh clean breath you need to do both.
To floss more effectively, find a floss product that is easy to use and comfortable. Floss comes lots of varieties wide, thin, tape, waxed and unwaxed, there are also floss brushes and single-use floss sticks. There is no right or wrong floss – my advice is to use floss that you find comfortable and makes flossing more enjoyable otherwise you may put off flossing if you find it too difficult.
To make the most of flossing its important that you use the proper technique so that you don’t injure your gums or leave bits of food and plaque bacteria behind.
It is advisable to floss twice a day before brushing. However, once a day will be sufficient and should be reserved for before bed.
The keys to becoming a good flosser are practice and perseverance – take your time, stand in front of a mirror, start by doing your easy to reach front teeth and as you get more used to it you will find that doing you’re harder to reach back teeth is easy.
For healthy teeth and gums, fresh clean breath and a smile you can be proud of daily flossing, brushing and regular dental visits really do make all the difference.
If it’s been 6 months or more since your last dental visit or you have any concerns about your dental health then call us today 07 3720 1811