A Look At Flossing
To effectively remove plaque from teeth you need to do both, brushing and flossing. Flossing helps to remove plaque from those areas in the mouth that a toothbrush can not reach. Neglecting to remove plaque will cause a buildup that can result in tooth decay or gum disease. Maintain good oral hygiene by flossing at least 30 mins after eating any snack or meal.
There are two types of dental floss for you to consider, single filament and nylon. The nylon type will come in both waxed and unwaxed forms and even have several different flavors to choose from. The difference between the two types is, nylon is made up of several strands and tends to shred easily, while single filament floss is a single strand. Needless to say, preference usually comes down to price and ease of use with single filament being the more pricey, durable option.
The type of floss that you choose does not matter, they are both pretty effective at removing food particles from teeth crevices. If you’ve never flossed before you might be surprised as to the amount of food this simple act can remove. The effectiveness of flossing is the reason why it is unanimously recommended by all practitioners as a way to remove plaque and prevent tooth decay.
Flossing between your teeth may cause bleeding for some people. If bleeding occurs, there could be a few causes; one is that you are flossing a bit too hard. Flossing the right way doesn’t require aggressive back and forth motion, you’d be surprised how much debris you can remove with a gentle back and forth motion. The other cause is an unknown oral health-related issue like gum disease that would need to be diagnosed by a dentist like Dr. Stout, an east Charlotte dentist for the whole family.
The sight of blood should cause you to stop flossing immediately. Schedule an appointment at our office to get a comprehensive exam that will help you pin down the cause of the bleeding. In the meantime, don’t be alarmed. Stick to brushing and rinsing until you can be properly examined.
The importance of flossing can not be stressed enough. Your toothbrush, no matter how hard you try, can not reach the places that flossing can. Missing out on cleaning in these spaces will eventually lead to a cavity and subsequently tooth decay.
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