It’s not uncommon to stick to a strict brushing regime, but leave out flossing altogether. Many people are unaware of the health risks of not flossing and believe that a toothbrush can perform the same thorough job.

The truth is that a toothbrush merely cleans the tops and outer surfaces of the teeth and gums, whereas string flossers clean the tight spaces in between. Water flossers do the same thing but they’re more expensive.

Here are more reasons why flossing plays an important role in dental health:

Floss Today For Plaque Removal

It removes plaque.  Floss is the only tool that can remove all the plaque and excess food particles between your teeth. By removing plaque, your smile will be at its brightest, and your oral health will be at its finest. Ignoring plaque and tartar build-up often leads to bleeding gums and gum diseases.

Flossing cleans what toothbrushes can’t. No matter what the size, toothbrushes are unable to access every small space around your teeth and gums. Flossing products are made specifically to clean spaces that are otherwise impossible to reach.

It helps prevent diseases.  Removing plaque and tartar build-up is crucial to your health. Flossing prevents life-threatening diseases, which often begin with swollen and bleeding gums also known as gingivitis.

If left unchecked gingivitis leads to periodontal disease. The accumulation of bacteria will spread below the gum line, which eventually leads to bone and tooth loss.

However, all this can easily be prevented by taking just a few minutes a day to floss. To ensure you’re flossing properly:

·       Pull out 12-18 inches of floss

·       Wrap the ends around your fingertips

·       Slide the floss between your teeth and ensure your touching the gums—but be careful not to be too rough in the sensitive areas

·       For maximum cleanliness, curve the string around each tooth and rub it up and down

·       Rinse your mouth and brush your teeth

Floss Correctly With Expert Advice

It’s important that you seek expert advice if you’re confused about flossing. The dentist, for instance, will give you advice on how to floss efficiently. By doing it the right way, you will save more time and your teeth will be better protected.

If you’re experiencing bleeding gums or swelling, book an appointment with us today. It’s important you address these symptoms immediately to avoid oral health risks.