September 20, 2017
You might have heard a recent report released by the Associated Press that flossing is not reliable or helpful when it comes to your oral health. While many people may be excited to hear that they no longer have to waste time flossing, what does your dentist in Freemont have to say about this issue? First, sadly Associated Press did their own study, which may not have been completely accurate. Second, dentists across the nation have been outraged about the haphazard report that could negatively impact their patients’ oral health. Here is the truth about flossing.
Why is Flossing so Important?
Dental floss is able to reach in between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot. Did you know that you actually have plaque buildup that can cause cavities in between your teeth? It’s true! You can get tooth decay and cavities that your dentist will have to repair in between your teeth.
Flossing is able to remove that plaque buildup from in between your teeth, which does a number of things such as:
- Builds stronger gum tissue
- Protects against gum disease
- Reduces your risk of developing tooth decay
- Gives you better breath by removing plaque and food debris
The fact is that flossing is still one of the cornerstones of optimum oral health and should be done at least once each day.
Proper Flossing Technique
Now that you understand that you’re not off the hook for flossing each day, let’s make sure that you’re doing it correctly. Here’s how to properly floss your teeth each day:
- Remove about 18 inches of floss and wrap around each finger
- Slide the floss gently up and down each side of your tooth in a c-shaped motion
- Repeat this motion in between each tooth
- Be careful not to floss too hard or vigorously, which can cause injury to your delicate gum tissue
- Use a clean section of floss for each tooth
Your dental hygienist can also give you a demonstration on proper flossing techniques at your next routine cleaning appointment.
About the Author
Dr. James Block provides high quality, comprehensive dentistry to patients in Fremont, CA. Patients will find a wide range of services delivered in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere when they choose James Block Dentistry as their dental home.
If you’d like to contact Dr. Block, he can be reached through his website, or by calling 510-793-0801.
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