All You Need to Know About Flossing

When you head to the dentist, you can most definitely expect to be asked, “Do you floss every day?” And, if you’re like most people, you probably shake your head and reply, “I don’t floss as often as I should.” 

Don’t worry…it’s not the first time your hygienist or dentist has heard that response. But you should definitely not be forgetting to floss each day. It is an integral part of your dental care.

Why Should I Floss?

With a considerable portion of each tooth located below the gum line, it is vitally important that you floss in order to remove plaque and debris both between the teeth and beneath your gums.

Gum disease is one of the most common dental problems facing adults, and it strikes when plaque remains on your teeth (often below your gums). The plaque causes irritation and inflammation. This irritation and inflammation can then lead to receding gums, tooth loss, and other serious health issues. 

Flossing is a vital step in reducing plaque.

How Do I Properly Floss?

You want to make sure you are flossing once per day in order to remove food particles that may be stuck between your teeth or below the gumline. If you need a refresher on how to properly floss, click here to watch a video.

Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

If it’s been a while since you’ve flossed, you may notice some mild bleeding while flossing. This could be an indication of gingivitis, one of the first stages of periodontal disease. With continued flossing and proper dental care, the bleeding should stop after several weeks. If it continues, you should seek help from your dentist as you may be experiencing a more advanced stage of gum disease.

Flossing is an important part of your dental health care and goes a long way in preventing plaque buildup on your teeth. Make it a daily part of your self-care!