Flossing is a crucial daily step in maintaining good oral hygiene. Dental floss is a thin string that can be waxed, unwaxed, plain or flavoured. Proper brushing and flossing can help dislodge food particles stuck between your teeth, preventing bacteria and plaque formation. The technique can be awkward at first, but with practice, flossing will become easier.
The American Dental Association recommends that you clean (flossing and brushing) your teeth daily to help deter cavities and gum disease. Proper cleaning will also help to remove plaque, which contains bacteria that feed on food particles present in your mouth. This process leads to the release of an acid that eats away the hard surface of your teeth (also known as the enamel) and leads to cavities. Without proper oral hygiene, the plaque eventually hardens to form tartar, leading to gum disease.
Although flossing may cause some minor bleeding at first, after a few times, the bleeding should stop. Flossing should be done at least once a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Are you concerned about your dental health? Contact a Campus Dentist clinic near you today, and our team will examine your mouth for any signs of diseases and make recommendations based on your dental needs.