Many people assume brushing your teeth is enough. However, that could not
be further from the truth. Flossing is not only healthy for your teeth, but
extremely beneficial to your gums and the rest of your mouth. In short, flossing removes particles, such
as plaque, from places that a toothbrush cannot reach. If the plaque is
not removed, it has the ability to turn into tartar.
When Should I Floss?
Many professionals believe it is not a matter of when you choose to floss,
but rather a matter of actually doing it. Some people prefer to floss
in the morning while getting ready for the day, others enjoy flossing
at night so they can sleep with a clean mouth. Whether you choose to floss
in the morning or at night, make sure that you are flossing thoroughly.
For the best flossing results, consider these helpful hints below.
Some people floss too hard, causing them to tear and damage the gums and
tissues between the teeth. Not only can this be painful, but it creates
open would in the mouth, leaving your gums at risk o infection.
Some people floss too gently, disallowing them from completely removing
and leftover food that may have been caught between teeth. This can also
cause infection if the gums become irritated by the unremoved particles.
- Don’t drag the floss back and forth in the same spot.
Some people think that they are being thorough be dragging the floss back
and forth in the same area. However, this can cause small lesions in the
gums, also leaving you susceptible to a gum infection.
- Use a clean section of the floss for each new area.
By using a clean area of the floss, you can ensure that you are actually
cleaning the area. By using a used, dirty part of the floss, you may be
depositing the once-removed particle into a different area. Keep in mind
that even if that dirty section does not appear dirty, it may carry germs
and plaque you are unable to see with the naked eye.
Should Everyone Floss?
Simply put, yes. It is important for every person, adult or child, to get in the habit
of flossing. By doing so, you ensure your natural mouth is as healthy
as possible. It is important that parents also help their children develop
flossing habits so they can grow up with a healthy mouth. However, many
children are not able to floss correctly until the age of 10, in which
case parents should help their children floss until they can do so properly.
The Atlanta and Marietta dentists at The Szikman Dental Group, P.C. believe
it is important for people to floss and to do so correctly. They are here
to teach you the appropriate methods for flossing to ensure gum safety
and to promote healthy smiles.
If you have any question regarding dental health, it is important to talk
to an experienced dentists. The Atlanta and Marietta dentists at The Szikman
Dental Group, P.C. care about your dental health. Improve your smile by
giving their office a call at (770) 952-3333.