Here at Absolute Smile in Philadelphia, we cannot stress the importance of good dental hygiene enough. Studies show that flossing removes 40% of the sticky bacteria in between your teeth. If that plaque remains in place, it contributes to cavities and gum disease.
Not everyone is as diligent as they should be, so they end up at our offices needing help. We want to see your teeth remain healthy between visits. Flossing is a straightforward thing you can do any time, anywhere.
Why You Should Floss
Think of it this way. Your teeth and gums are a line of first defense, acting as filters for what goes into our bodies. Of course, those filters get clogged. Flossing clears them. Brushing your teeth is only half the battle for maintaining good dental hygiene.
There are many reasons why flossing is essential, including:
- Various medical conditions like heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis are linked to the health of your gums. The healthier your mouth-the healthier your body. Flossing contributes to your overall wellbeing.
- It’s cost-effective. Flossing is inexpensive, and you can get small flossers that fit easily in a purse, pocket, and even your wallet. So while a trip to our offices for teeth cleaning is usually covered under a dental plan, why not be proactive?
- Preventing Gingivitis. Your gums bleed and swell when they’re not kept clean. It can be very uncomfortable too. Flossing decreases the chances of developing gum disease.
- Your smile is a letter of introduction. Flossing makes your teeth look nicer and keeps your breath fresh.
Our team is happy to show you how to floss correctly if you’re not sure. It’s part of creating an overall plan for your dental health. At home, follow this step-by-step guide.
- Floss before you brush. The floss removes food, etc., from between your teeth. These particles are removed when you brush. Plus, the fluoride in your toothpaste can now get to hard-to-reach areas.
- Start with about 15 inches of dental floss.
- Wind the floss around each middle finger. You’ll need about 2” between your fingers with which to work.
- Slide the floss between your teeth gently, going up and down one side of a tooth and repeating on the other side.
- Try to get under the gums as far as possible.
- Repeat with all your teeth, untwining the floss as necessary. You want the floss free of debris.
- Pay attention to your molars, flossing on the backsides.
Brushing & Flossing: A Tag Team
As long as you floss and brush regularly, your teeth and gums remain relatively healthy. When you brush, do NOT rinse afterward. It washes away the fluoride from the toothpaste. Instead, wait to use mouthwash for about half an hour.
It is still imperative for you to keep your routine checkups and cleanings. If you’d like to make an appointment with Absolute Smile, you can call us at any one of our three offices or use our online form. Take care of your winning smile, so it lasts a lifetime.