At Centre Dentaire Lasalle, we encourage all of our patients to practice good home oral care, including daily brushing and flossing, between regular dental appointments. Flossing helps remove food debris and plaque from the areas that your toothbrush can’t reach.
When food and plaque is not properly removed, the space between your teeth becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. This bacteria can cause tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease (periodontal disease). Recent studies also suggest that flossing can help prevent heart attacks and stroke.
Should You Floss Before or After Brushing Your Teeth?
Our dental team always recommends flossing before brushing. Flossing first allows your brush to remove the food and plaque that was dislodged from between your teeth.
When flossing, gently insert the dental floss between your teeth and move it up and down between the gums and teeth. Floss the sides of all of your teeth, even if there isn’t another tooth next to it. Remember not to skip the teeth that look or feel clean.
If it’s been a while since you’ve flossed your teeth, it may feel a little uncomfortable at first. Think of flossing your teeth like giving your gums a good workout. Whenever you start a new routine, your muscles (gums) may hurt a bit afterwards. But in no time, your gums will be stronger, leaving you with a healthier mouth and body, too.
Do you have any questions about flossing your teeth? If so, please contact our office 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.