Flossing is an important part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Flossing cleans 40% of the tooth structure that brushing alone cannot. Flossing cleans in between the teeth and underneath the gums and removes bacteria and food debris. Most people skip flossing altogether or are not effectively flossing. Here are the five most common flossing mistakes our Highlands Ranch Dentists, Dr. DeLapp and Dr. Parsons see.
1. Not flossing every day. Bacteria, plaque, and food debris need to be removed every day to help prevent cavities and gum disease. Skipping flossing even on day can increase your risk for these. Make sure you are flossing everyday, preferably before bed.
2. Snapping the floss between your teeth. This can cause damage to the gum tissue and actually cause trauma or even detach the gum tissue. Gently cup the floss between the teeth to avoid causing trauma.
3. Sawing the floss up and down. This does not effectively clean under the gums. Instead try to cup the floss in a C-shape around each tooth and gently move the floss back in forth. Bring the floss back to the contact between your teeth and cup the adjacent tooth and repeat.
4. Using other things to floss instead of floss. Did you know that paperclips and other sharp objects can further damage your gums and teeth. Floss is designed to removed plaque and bacteria without damaging the tissues in your mouth.
5. Thinking that brushing is good enough. Brushing removes plaque and bacteria from the visible areas of the teeth, but does not effectively removed bacteria from in between your teeth or underneath the gum tissue between your teeth. A majority of gum disease occurs between your teeth where brushing cannot reach. Flossing cleans in between the teeth and where 40% of tooth structure exists.
Flossing is a vital part to keeping you healthy and minimizing your risk for oral disease. Don’t forget your regular examinations and check ups with our Highlands Ranch dental office. Call today and schedule your appointment with one of outstanding providers at 303-694-9740.