How (and Why) to Floss Better

How (and Why) to Floss Better

Taking optimal care of your teeth involves more than brushing. In fact, flossing plays an equally vital role in your oral health. With more than 25% of people having untreated cavities, it's clear that maintaining good dental health is a challenge for many. 

Most dental problems are preventable, and flossing plays a role. Understanding the importance of flossing and how to do it correctly keeps your smile bright. 

At the Goodman Dental Center in Queen Creek, Arizona, family dentists Brian Goodman, DDS, and Tanner Goodman, DMD, are committed to excellence in dentistry and provide a full range of dental services to keep your smile healthy. 

We’ve compiled some helpful information about why you should make flossing a part of your oral care routine and how it can save you from dental issues.

Why is flossing essential?

Brushing is an excellent way to remove food particles from the surface of your teeth. However, It’s not the best at removing food particles from between the teeth. That’s where flossing comes in.

Flossing uses a slender filament, typically made of layered plastic for strength and flexibility, allowing for easy cleaning between teeth. This thin filament is excellent at removing food remnants that toothbrushes might miss, particularly those trapped at or below the gumline that could harden into tartar.

Once plaque hardens on teeth, only a dental professional can effectively remove it. Regular flossing prevents these food particles from causing tooth decay and gum disease.

What are the advantages of regular flossing?

Preventing plaque is the primary advantage of flossing. Plaque contributes to:

Flossing holds equal importance as brushing in maintaining oral hygiene, and doing it twice daily is key to preserving your dental health and smile.

What are the consequences of not flossing?

Neglecting to floss increases the risk of various oral health issues, particularly plaque-induced gingivitis. Maintaining good oral hygiene is imperative if you have chronic conditions like heart disease or diabetes because these conditions impact oral health and increase your risk of health complications. 

How can I improve my flossing technique?

During your visit to Goodman Dental Center, we include flossing as part of your appointment. Our providers demonstrate the most effective flossing techniques, ensuring the longevity of your smile and overall health.

Start with about 18 inches of floss for optimal flossing, holding a short length between your fingers. Gently guide the floss between each tooth, sliding it under the gumline to dislodge unseen particles. Use a fresh section of floss for each tooth, and make sure to floss at least twice a day.

Healthy smiles for the entire family

If you’re unsure about your flossing technique or it’s been a while since your last dental check-up, we’re here to help. Contact us at our Queen Creek, Arizona, office, and a team member will assist you in scheduling an appointment with a Goodman Dental Center provider. Let’s work together to keep your smile radiant and healthy!

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