How Flossing Regularly Can Improve Your Dental Health

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Brushing your teeth and flossing more frequently are common reminders that we often hear from our local dentists, but when it comes time to actually going through our daily routine, it isn’t unusual for us to skip one of these tasks–with flossing being the most regularly forgotten. In the moment, we don’t really think of skipping this routine as being such a big deal. However, flossing daily can drastically help to maintain your dental health as it is a vital part of keeping your teeth clean and healthy.

 

Benefits of Flossing

  1. Appearance – Plaque can easily build up on the surface of the teeth after eating meals causing the teeth to look and feel grimy. To clear away the leftover residue, you can brush your teeth to get rid of most of the visible plaque, but only flossing will be able to clear away grime from hard to reach places like in between teeth. After flossing, your teeth should look noticeable cleaner and you should feel refreshed.
  2. Gum Health – Not only does plaque buildup cause harmful conditions to occur in teeth, it can also lead to periodontal gum diseases and increased chances of heart disease. Flossing away hidden plaque can dramatically work to improve or maintain gum health by preventing infections and bleeding from occurring later on.
  3. Tooth Health – In addition to brightening up your smile, flossing can help protect your teeth from developing harmful conditions like cavities and tooth decay. By clearing away plaque, you not only give your teeth a freshened appearance but also help to prevent plaque from building up and causing tartar.

 

What floss type works best for you?

  1. Braces – If you or your child has braces, flossing may seem like an impossible task. However, there are actually many different brands and flossing tools that are easy to use. This type of floss can be simply threaded in between the main wire of the braces to floss teeth normally.
  2. Sensitive – For those with sensitive gums or children, there are special flosses available that offer a gentler approach. Although less aggressive, these flosses are just as effective in clearing out food or plaque.
  3. Traditional – Regular patients that don’t suffer from sensitive gums or wear braces can simply use any floss suitable to them. After a visit, your local dentist will often provide you with a free sample of floss they recommend or you can always try a few different types to find the best option for you.
  4. Electric – Those who have difficulty maneuvering floss can opt for an electric flosser that does all the work for you. The electric flosser provides similar results to manual flossing and gently massages the gums while removing residue from the teeth.

 

If you would like to learn more about what floss might work best for you, contact Wyndham Dental today to learn more and schedule an appointment.