Flossing is often a neglected but important aspect of oral hygiene. It is possible to develop tooth decay and gum disease from plaque building up on the teeth and along the gum-line. Plaque can be disrupted and removed with professional cleaning, brushing and cleaning between the teeth by flossing. Flossing is essential when it comes to caring for the teeth and gum care. It removes plaques build-up in hard to reach areas for a toothbrush.
Proper Flossing Technique
There is a right way to floss in order to receive maximum benefits. Before you begin, ensure that your hands are clean before putting your fingers in your mouth.
Begin with 18 inches of floss wrapped around either the middle finger or the index finger of one hand and a small amount onto the middle or index finger of the other hand. You decide which is more comfortable for you.
Pinch floss tautly between thumbs and index fingers, with roughly one to two-inch length in between, and gently slide the floss up and down between the teeth, using the thumbs to guide the floss between the upper teeth and contacts of the lower teeth
Gently glide and guide the floss between the teeth, contouring the floss around the side of the tooth into a C-shape as you wrap it around the tooth. Take care not to snap the floss between your teeth because it can cut or bruise the gum.
Be sure to slide the floss up and down against the surface of the tooth and under the gum line, as well as the back side of each tooth. As you move from one tooth to the next, use a clean section of floss.
The Negative Effects of Not Flossing
You can develop lasting negative impacts if you refuse to make flossing a regular part of your oral hygiene routine. Not making flossing a habit is putting yourself at risk for major dental issues:
Gum Disease: If your gums are bleeding when you floss, it is a solid indicator of gum disease. Gingivitis is a common form of gum disease, which makes your gums red, swollen, and prone to bleeding as a result of accumulated plaque between the teeth and gums.
Premature Tooth Loss: When a gum disease sets in, the gums tend to pull away from the teeth, leaving pockets where bacteria can take up residence and grow. Harmful bacteria builds up and produce toxins that can result in gum inflammation and irritation. This weakens the structure of the teeth and causes premature tooth loss.
Cavities: Tooth decay occur when dangerous bacteria accumulate in the mouth. Plaque buildup releases acid that breaks down the enamel and can penetrate the teeth. This leads to unwanted cavities.