The Importance of Flossing Your Teeth
Many of us are under the impression that brushing our teeth is more important than flossing is. But that isn’t so. “If someone is brushing their teeth without flossing, they’re only cleaning about sixty percent of the teeth’s surfaces. They’re not removing the bits of food that get stuck or the plaque that forms on the other forty percent of their teeth,” says Dr. Bruce Fine of Fine Dental Care in Wayne. “Most people don’t have problems where they brush their teeth – they have problems where they don’t floss.”
How to Make Flossing Routine
It’s true someone with no cavities or gingivitis can maintain a healthy mouth by flossing at least once a day. But if someone has a history of cavi-ties or gingivitis they should be flossing every time after eating or drinking something.
So, how does one make flossing a regular part of their day? “We have found that if you make it part of a routine that you do every day, then it becomes a habit. For example, most people have a routine when they shower. Adding flossing for just 1 week, either before or after you shower as part of that routine, will allow flossing to become automatic after a very short time.”
For those who have stopped flossing because it makes their gums hurt or bleed: “If your gums are bleeding or hurting when you floss, it’s the first sign of gum problems and an early indication of gingivitis,” says Dr. Fi-ne. “At that point, your mouth is telling you to schedule a visit with your dentist.”
We’re Here to Help
Here’s something to think about – in the rush of everyday life, many of us may not be flossing with the proper technique, and just never thought to ask how to floss correctly. Take the time to ask your dental professional what the best flossing technique is, and use it to keep your teeth and gums healthy for the rest of your life.
If you have any questions about how flossing keeps teeth and gums healthy, or if you’d like instruction on proper flossing technique, feel free to call Dr. Fine at his Wayne office, Fine Dental Care at (973) 633-5440 to schedule a personal consultation. Or for more information, visit www.finedentalcare.com.