How many times do you floss on a daily basis? This is the most overlooked task for most people. Yes, it can be a little gross and does require some care, but at Dreamworks Dental & Orthodontics, we believe it’s a small price to pay to get a healthy start in taking care of your teeth. Our cosmetic dentists in Arlington, Dallas, Irving, and Fort Worth can help you boost your oral hygiene. So, let’s explore what happens when you do floss daily and when you don’t.
Your teeth have many gaps in between. Now, imagine you eating a nice juicy steak with all the fixings (YUM!). Some of the food particles will attach itself to those gaps. Chewing and drinking liquids can help remove some of it, but some will still linger in those gaps. So let’s say you floss and brush your teeth after the meal. What would that look like? Well, for one, the gaps between your teeth will have less buildup. Getting rid as much of the food particles between these nooks and crannies can increase the effectiveness of brushing your teeth. The brush bristle can penetrate in between the teeth better and can remove more of the food particles. Not only will flossing and brushing help reduce bacteria in our month, it helps with fresh breath!
Let’s look at what happens when you don’t floss after the meal. Let’s say you are too busy and just have a moment to brush your teeth, without flossing. Brushing helps remove some of the food particles between the teeth, but some will still be there. Most of the food particles will attach between the back molars. You might not notice or even feel if there’s anything sticking there! As time progress and each time you eat, small traces of food attaches itself to those gaps. Eventually, plaque, a bacteria biofilm surrounds your teeth and remains there. This process can change the PH balance in your mouth and can produce a breeding ground for more bacteria to harm your teeth and gums. Not flossing can lead to gum disease, gingivitis, and periodontists and also can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss.
OK, I’m Sold! How Do I Really Floss?
Based on the American Dental Association, here’s a a summary of what you need to do for a perfect floss.
Use about 18 inches of floss wound around one of your middle fingers, with the rest wound around the opposite middle finger
Hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between the teeth.
Curve the floss into a “C” shape against the side of the tooth.
Rub the floss gently up and down, keeping it pressed against the tooth. Don’t jerk or snap the floss
Floss all your teeth. Don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth.
Knowing what you know now, you wouldn’t want to floss to give you beautiful teeth, would you? Going forward, you should floss on a daily basis to reduce bacteria and plaque buildup between your teeth. A fresh breath is a sign of good dental hygiene and a step closer to get your perfect smile and beautiful teeth.