“Don’t forget to floss” said every dentist ever. Many of us have satisfied ourselves with simply brushing our teeth and rinsing, but, as I will explain, it is not enough. Flossing has multiple health benefits. If you have poor dental hygiene, flossing may be just what you are lacking.
If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth you will now know why. Brushing, first of all, cannot reach all sides of your teeth. Bacteria that forms plaque builds up in between your teeth when you do not floss. Acid released by plaque causes gum disease and inflammation which is why your gums bleed.
It is important to catch this early on so that these symptoms do not develop into the more severe form of gum disease, periodontal disease. Gum disease not only involves bleeding gums but also loose teeth, receding gums, bad breath, and dry mouth. Loose teeth result from the deterioration of the bones that hold them in place.
Flossing not only comes with the benefit of strong teeth but also with a more youthful facial structure since it protects those bones in the lower part of your face.
If done incorrectly, flossing can lead to damaged gums. Gently floss in an up and down motion not in a side to side motion as most of us are accustomed to doing. Make sure it is wrapped around the tooth in the shape of a “C”. Bleeding at the beginning is normal because your gums will be inflamed.
Some people believe that the floss is hurting them. The bleeding should stop within a few days as the gums heal. If not, consult a dentist. Different types of floss are made for different arrangement of teeth.
Tightly knit teeth can be cleaned with waxed thin floss. Anybody with receding gums or spaced out teeth can use flat, wide floss. A floss threader is useful for those with braces and bridges.
These recommendations do not only apply to adults. As soon as any child has two teeth right beside each other they should begin flossing with the help of an adult.
Flossing is especially important for children because it will help them preserve their beautiful smiles into adulthood. A you can see flossing is a necessary evil. It may take time, it may hurt at first, but if you suffer from gum disease or cavities flossing should be at the top of the list of things you have to change in your life.
If you have already been flossing and still suffer through poor dental health consult with a dentist to determine whether there are other habits you must develop to be cured.