Flossing as Preventative Dental Care

19 Dec Flossing as Preventative Dental Care

Have you ever wondered why flossing is so crucial to your dental health? If you only brush, you miss roughly 35% of the surface of your teeth. According to Colgate, 20% of Americans do not floss at all and only about 4 in 10 Americans floss once a day. Flossing is crucial for our dental health, it reduces the risk of cavities, tooth loss, and gum disease. In addition to biannual dental cleanings, flossing is also required to keep a bright, white smile.

To get the most out of your teeth cleaning routine, we recommend the following flossing tips:

  1. Use a long piece of floss, about 18 inches long, wound around one finger from each hand.
  2. Slide the floss up and down in between teeth to remove leftover food particles.
  3. Be gentle while using the floss, especially near your gums, as the floss might irritate or hurt the gums.
  4. Make sure that you curve the floss around the sides of your teeth to maximize the cleaning capabilities of the floss.
  5. Always use a new section of the floss per tooth to remove the most particles from your teeth.
  6. We recommend a back and forth motion while flossing and to remove the food particles from between your teeth.

At Fairbanks Family Dental Care, we promote preventative dental care to all of our patients so that they can achieve and maintain their best dental health. Flossing is one of the most under-looked parts of the dental routine. Standard teeth brushing cannot clean between the teeth properly or reach down to the gum line. This puts our gums at risk of gum disease and also can promote the formation of cavities. Fairbanks Family Dental Care promotes flossing as preventative dental care and would love to help our clients achieve their best oral health.

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