While most people brush their teeth twice a day, dental flossing is much less common, but your dentist in Calgary recommends flossing at least once a day. The reason your Calgary dentist encourages patients to floss is that this quick and easy activity can benefit your oral health in various ways, including protecting your gums and teeth, preventing cavities, and even lowering your risk of developing other health problems.
Why do you need to floss your teeth?
Brushing your teeth can help remove debris and plaque, but brushing alone can’t reach all of your teeth’s surfaces; in fact, nearly half of your teeth’s surface area lies between them. Food can easily become trapped in the spaces between your teeth, creating an environment for bacteria and plaque. Flossing, rather than brushing, allows you to get into these gaps and remove bacteria-causing debris.
What are the benefits of flossing my teeth?
- Flossing keeps your gums healthy – Plaque and bacteria can irritate the gum tissue if they build up between your teeth. If left untreated, this can lead to various oral health issues, including gingivitis, a periodontal disease that causes the gums to become red, puffy, and easily bleed. You can prevent plaque and bacteria from building up on your teeth by flossing once a day, lowering your risk of gum disease and infections.
- Flossing keeps your teeth in good shape – Bacteria that form between your teeth can irritate your gums while also weakening and destroying the tooth’s enamel – the protective layer that coats the tooth’s surface. Flossing helps prevent the build-up of harmful bacteria that can harm tooth enamel by removing plaque. Furthermore, flossing regularly will help keep your teeth clean and bright by removing unsightly plaque and food particles.
- Flossing can help you avoid other diseases – The presence of harmful bacteria in your mouth, which is the gateway to the rest of your body, can jeopardize your overall health. Although uncommon, the gum disease gingivitis has the potential to enter the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body, increasing your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory illness. Flossing takes only a few minutes, but this simple action can help reduce the risk of infection and improve your overall physical health.
How do you properly floss your teeth?
Here’s a quick walkthrough of proper flossing technique:
- Wrap about 40cm of floss around each of your middle fingers, leaving a few centimetres to floss with in the middle.
- Slide the floss gently up and down between your teeth while holding it taut between your thumbs and index fingers.
- Gently wrap the floss around each tooth’s base, making sure to go beneath the gum line.
- Floss should never be snapped or forced, as this can cause damage to the delicate gum tissue.
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