Flossing is a general term used to refer to cleaning between your teeth. You may use traditional dental floss, dental picks, or water flossers to achieve cleaning the sides of your teeth and between them. We recommend flossing at least once a day for proper dental health. In this article, we help you understand the importance of this activity.
Flossing allows you to remove plaque from between your teeth, areas that your toothbrush cannot reach. If not removed, the plaque will harden to form tartar which you cannot remove on your own; you will require professional help to remove it.
Preventing gum disease
Flossing allows you to get rid of plaque that accumulates in your gum line. Failure to remove these bacteria may cause your gums to become swollen and bleed easily which are early signs of gum disease, also known as gingivitis. If untreated, gingivitis develops into periodontitis which is irreversible.
The bacteria present in the plaque between your teeth feed on sugars and produce acids. The acids produced weaken your enamel causing it to break and form holes also known as dental carries which are painful and may lead to infection.
Our practice recommends building a routine for daily flossing in order to make it easier. Flossing may be uncomfortable and cause bleeding at first, do not let this discourage you. Regular flossing will get rid of plaque and make your gums stronger and healthier.
In order to make flossing a habit, we recommend flossing at the same time every day. It is also important to choose a flossing device that you are comfortable with so as to make the procedure less tedious. Visit our office for more tips on which flossing device is most suitable for your needs.
Dental Blog | Madison Oral Surgery and Dental Implants The doctors at Madison Oral Surgery and Dental Implants have provided this blog to help our patients and the community. We hope our blog will cover the many topics that you and your family may be interested in. Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, 2921 Landmark Place, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53713 / (608) 960-7650 / madisonoralsurgeons.com / 12/2/2022 / Key Phrases: Oral Surgeon, Dental Implants, All on 4, Wisdom Teeth Extractions