Why Should I Floss?
A Few Misconceptions About Flossing
The Canadian Dental Association Recommends that we floss regularly every day. Many of us know that this is an important aspect of good oral health, but there are many questions that can appear to be misleading. Most Canadians believe that it is only important to floss when there are food particles stuck in between teeth. This is not the only reason to floss.
Flossing helps to remove plaque that has attached itself on to teeth. If plaque isn’t removed from your teeth it can cause inflamed gums, which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and may result in having the tooth removed. If you are experiencing pain when you floss, speak with your dentist about it as it could be an early sign of something else or just a simple correction of your flossing technique.
Most people feel that if they see blood when flossing they have done something wrong or the floss has made something worse. It is perfectly normal to experience some minor bleeding when flossing. A little blood can be the result of flossing to aggressively or not having a good technique when flossing. However if you are experiencing an abnormal amount of bleeding when flossing it means tat there may be some early on set gum disease. It’s best to speak with your dentist and see if there really is a problem.
Braces can certainly make flossing challenging. But failing to floss for the months or years that you have braces is a bad idea. Just imagine how much food and bacteria will be stuck between your teeth by the time you get your braces off! There’s no point straightening your teeth if they’re not healthy when your braces are removed. If you find flossing with braces difficult, your dentist, dental hygienist, or orthodontist can help you perfect your technique.
You should never be afraid to floss. Having good oral health is part of an overall healthy lifestyle and flossing is one more step in ensuring that that you are at your healthiest. Flossing is a key component to maintaining proper oral health. If you are in the Woodbridge and Vaughan area and would like to know more, contact us here at Aberdeen Dentistry and we can help answer your questions.