Friday, November 25, 2016
Don't Forget To Floss Your Teeth
One question that people often dread to answer during their annual or semi-annual visit to their dentist is "did you floss". It is important to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. Not brushing or flossing can lead to serious dental health.
What teeth do you need to floss?? Well only the ones you want to keep.
Flossing is important because just like brushing removes plaque and food from the teeth Flossing helps to go between the teeth and below the gum line where food and plaque builds up. Some do not floss because they do not think that the food gets stuck in their teeth. However, flossing also gets rid of plaque and everyone gets rid of plaque every day. Plaque needs removed to prevent gum disease and tooth loss.
The American Dental Association states it is best to floss before bed each night. The floss should be up to 18 inches long allowing easy flow between all teeth. Wrap around one finger on one hand and one on the other hand and using your thumb and forefinger use a rubbing motion to guide between teeth. Using both curved and up and down motion floss your teeth.
Not flossing for a while will leave a slight bit of blood in your mouth. Inflamed gums where plaque has built up is the problem. Flossing should help take care of this and lessen the bleeding. The back teeth is the place where most tooth decay and gum disease takes place so be sure to clean area properly.