The Importance of Dental Flossing

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Although dental flossing is much less common than twice-daily tooth brushing, your NE Calgary dentist will advise doing it at least once per day. The quick and simple act of flossing can improve your oral health in a number of ways, includes defending your gums and teeth, preventing cavities, and even lowering your risk of developing other health issues. This is why your NE Calgary dentist advises patients to do it.

Why is it necessary to use dental floss?

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 plaque and bacteria. Instead of brushing, flossing enables you to reach these spaces and get rid of bacteria-producing debris.

What are the advantages of flossing my teeth?

  • Flossing keeps your gums healthy – If plaque and bacteria accumulate between your teeth, it can irritate the gum tissue. If left untreated, this can lead to many oral health issues, like gingivitis, a periodontal condition that renders the gums to become red, puffy, and easily bleed. By flossing once per day, you can reduce the accumulation of plaque and bacteria on your teeth, reducing your risk of gum disease and infections.
  • Flossing keeps your teeth in good shape – Bacteria that develop 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. Additionally, by removing unsightly plaque and food particles, flossing on a regular basis will keep your teeth sparkling and clean.
  • 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 is a brief explanation of how to floss properly:

  • Each of your middle fingers should be wrapped in about 40cm of floss, leaving a few centimeters of floss inside the middle.
  • Slide the floss slowly up and down between your teeth while holding it taut between your thumbs and index fingers.
  • Gently place the floss at the base of each tooth, making sure to go below the gum line.
  • Floss should never be snapped or forced, as this can render damage to the delicate gum tissue.

Visit McCall Dental and maintain your oral health through regular dental checkups. Our team believes that everyone should have access to proper dental care. That’s why we offer direct insurance billing. Call us now at (587) 747-0888 to schedule an appointment. We would be happy to accommodate you!