Why You Cannot Forget To Floss!
Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. Yet, a lot of people have been known to skip flossing in their oral care routines. Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach, like under the gum line and between your teeth. Smile City Square Dental in Vancouver, knows an important factor in general dentistry is a patient’s daily oral care routine.
Without daily brushing and flossing, harmful plaque bacteria can accumulate and cause tooth decay and gum disease. It’s important to remove the plaque from your teeth and gums before it hardens into tartar.
It only takes 24 to 36 hours for plaque to harden into tartar. So if you are continually forgetting to floss, you may have a tartar buildup on your teeth. The only way to remove tartar is to have your teeth professionally cleaned. Brushing alone isn’t effective enough to combat plaque accumulation. If you don’t floss you’re missing more than ⅓ of the surface area on your tooth.
Vancouver’s Smile City Square Dental recommends flossing at least once a day. Extra flossing can also be helpful after eating foods like broccoli or popcorn. Sometimes flossing is the only way to free stuck food particles from in between your teeth and give you a sense of relief!
The Canadian Dental Association says getting into the habit of daily flossing is easier if you floss while doing other things like watching TV or listening to music. You can multitask, but it’s important to remember to floss correctly. If you aren’t flossing correctly and removing the plaque build up, you might as well not be flossing at all!
Here’s how to floss effectively:
Hold the floss tautly between your gum and index finger.
Slide the floss gently up and down between your teeth.
Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gum line.
Don’t force the floss (You don’t want to cut or bruise delicate gum tissue!)
Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.