Parkview Dental Care - David Bertagna, DDS
What have you been doing with the dental floss you receive from your hygienist? Have you used it or is it piling up in a corner? Yes, that little string will save you hundreds! Do you want to save hundreds by preventing dental cavities, avoiding root canals and crowns? You guessed it...flossing helps AVOID seeing me for teeth treatment.
It can be said, flossing is just as important as brushing. Just brushing your teeth isn't enough to keep your mouth clean and prevent disease. The tissue between your teeth where your toothbrush can't reach is more prone to inflammation and infection. That is why flossing daily is just as essential to your overall oral health care as brushing. The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests flossing at least once a day to promote total oral health.
Flossing removes plaque from the areas of your teeth that your toothbrush just can't reach. If you don't remove this plaque, it can harden into calculus or tartar which causes inflammation that can lead to infection or disease. Two common issues associated with not flossing include gingivitis (gum infection) and periodontitis (gum disease), both of which can lead to the loss of a once-healthy tooth. Your oral health has a direct bearing on your whole health. Chronic inflammation in the mouth is serious due to its association with similar inflammation conditions of the body such as...
In the end, it does not matter if you floss during the day or the night, as long as you floss regularly. The best way to make sure that you're flossing on a regular basis is to make it a part of your daily routine. If you feel too tired at night, try flossing in the mornings. If your mornings feel too rushed, make flossing a regular part of your nightly ritual.
Slide floss up and down between each side (the left and the right) of the tooth. Don't just pop the floss down into the gums, that hurts and not helping. Be conscience to slide down the side of the tooth (front and back) as shown.
No matter when you floss or what type of floss you use, make sure that you floss on a regular basis. If you find it difficult or you are not sure if you're flossing effectively, consult a member of our team. Though flossing may add just one more step to your daily routine, it's helping your whole body be healthy and potentially savings you hundreds of dollars that could be spent on something fun!
David Bertagna, DDS