We all know that the National Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes. But did you know that flossing is just as important? It’s easy to put flossing aside, maybe because it’s just not quite as satisfying as brushing, or because it can become painful when we neglect our gums for too long. But flossing twice daily is invaluable to the overall health of our teeth and gums.
Lone Mountain Family Dentistry is proud to serve the Las Vegas area. Our highly experienced team offers numerous services, be it general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, or our many restorative treatments. We are currently offering free nitrous oxide for any procedure. Before calling our Las Vegas office, learn more about why it’s important to floss daily.
Why Flossing is Important
We love brushing, but it’s no secret that it doesn’t clean every part of your mouth. Those hard-to-reach areas between your teeth are only really reachable with floss. So when we neglect to floss, plaque can build up to dangerous levels, leading to potential cavities or gum issues.
One of the big risks that comes with avoiding flossing is periodontal disease. When you allow plaque to build up between the teeth, bacteria can fester underneath your gum line and leave your gums inflamed and sensitive. This might lead you to continue avoiding flossing because it’s even more painful, but that’s when neglecting your gums becomes dangerous. If you let that bacteria continue to affect the gums between teeth, you run the risk of developing periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease, and it can eventually lead to periodontitis, which has more severe side-effects.
How to Floss Effectively
To floss properly, you’ll need to wrap a strand of floss around your index fingers, leaving a few inches of floss between your fingers. When you begin to floss, move the floss back-and-forth down one side of the space between your teeth, hugging against one tooth. Move the floss gently down underneath the gumline to clear out plaque that may be hiding under there. If there’s any bleeding, it means that your gums are already a little sensitive from bacteria, so don’t avoid flossing that area!
You’ll want to floss all of your teeth, even the gaps between your molars. Do this before brushing your teeth so that you can brush away any debris that you’ve uncovered from flossing. Hopefully after a few days of routine flossing, it will become less painful and your gums will begin to look and feel healthier!
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