Flossing your teeth is an important part of your home oral care routine. Daily flossing helps you clean the areas of your mouth that your toothbrushes can miss, removing food particles, plaque and bacteria. If you’re not flossing your teeth, what’s your excuse?
My gums bleed or hurt when I floss.
Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis. Flossing your teeth can help gingivitis from developing into periodontal disease (a later stage of gum disease).
I have arthritis or It hurts my fingers.
If holding the floss between your fingers is difficult or uncomfortable, try using electric or manual flossing aids.
I’m too busy.
A healthy dental care routine (including regular visits to your dentist/hygienist) should not be time consuming. Your home care routine alone should not take more than ten minutes a day. Investing a few minutes today can help you avoid the hours (and cost) of extensive restorative treatments down the road.
We understand that flossing can sometimes be a daunting task. It can feel uncomfortable and you might not know how to do it correctly. In fact, approximately 55 percent of people who floss their teeth, are not doing it correctly.
How Do I Floss?
- Wrap the floss around your middle fingers, leaving about two inches between your fingers.
- Using your index finger, slide the floss gently between your teeth.
- Wrap the floss around the base of your tooth, just under your gumline. Rub up and down, three to six times, flossing both sides of your tooth.
- Repeat between each tooth and remember to floss the back of your molars.
It’s time to stop making excuses. Focus on the health benefits of regular home oral care, including brushing and flossing, and schedule a dental appointment with your dentist/hygienist today.
If you have any questions or concerns about flossing your teeth or your oral health, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.