Does Flossing Really Help?
Every at-home oral care routine includes the recommendation to brush your teeth twice a day and to floss at least once a day. But what are the pros and cons of flossing and not flossing, and does it have an impact on your oral health? We break down the benefits of a good flossing routine and how it is beneficial for your gum health in the long run.
How to Floss and Benefits
Proper flossing can remove plaque and food particles between teeth, and in areas your toothbrush can’t easily reach. If you properly floss your teeth, plaque will not build up under the gum line or between teeth, developing bacteria and acid that can inflame gum tissue and erode enamel. If not properly treated, these issues can lead to bad breath or even tooth decay. However, you must properly floss to receive the maximum benefits.
First, start with about 18 inches of floss and wind an end on each middle finger leaving an inch or two of floss to work with. Then, holding the floss tightly between your thumb and index finger, slide the floss up and down the surfaces between your teeth. Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth and under the gum line. It’s important to do this gently because you can bruise and cut the gum tissue if you use too much force. As you move from tooth to tooth, use a clean section of floss. Never pull the floss between the teeth, bring the floss up and out from the teeth using the back-and-forth motion to ensure no debris is left behind.
Research on Floss
Dental professionals and experts understand that although scientific research may not fully back the connection between flossing and cavities, there is evidence of the importance of flossing in preventing gum disease. Flossing removes food and plaque from below the gum line and eliminates inflammation, which can cause gum disease.
The oral-systemic connection between the mouth and the body is highly researched, especially with regard to gum disease. Gum disease and its more serious form, periodontal disease have been linked to conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. It’s important to care for your smile and the rest of your body by removing bacteria containing debris that leads to inflammation. Good oral health can benefit your overall health, so call us today at Nose Creek Dental Centre to learn more about flossing.