How Flossing Helps Improve Your Oral Health
You probably have heard it before. In addition to brushing your teeth twice a day, you also need to floss once a day. Flossing requires some time and effort and you may wonder why do it. If you do a good job brushing, what does flossing do for you? It can surprise many to find out how flossing impacts your oral health.
The Difference Between Flossing and Brushing
Flossing and brushing have similar goals. You can compare it to sweeping the carpet and vacuuming the carpet. You sweep the carpet to get the big pieces on top of the carpet. You pull out the vacuum cleaner to get the debris that is deeper in the carpet. Brushing removes the bacteria on the surface of the teeth.
It does not get the bacteria and debris that it cannot reach. Flossing reaches between the teeth and close to the gums. When bacteria are left on or between the teeth, it grows. It can eventually turn into plaque and tartar. That can lead to several problems including tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.
One of the reasons that you may stop flossing is if you notice bleeding from your gums. You may blame it on the floss, but bleeding is a sign of a problem with your gums. Flossing every day can improve the health of your gums and can prevent bleeding from happening.
Flossing is easy to do. It is something that you can do after eating a meal when brushing your teeth is not practical. The small step of removing the debris is one way to improve your oral health. There are many keys to flossing. The technique is as important as actually doing it. To get the most out of flossing, you need to do it regularly and you need to learn how to do it properly.
For more information about flossing and the right way to do it. Contact the dental professionals at our offices.