Proper Flossing Can Help You Slow Down Gum Disease Advancement
Posted on 6/7/2021 by Janie Scholes
If you floss your teeth daily, you can slow down the progression of gum disease. That is because flossing cleans plaque and bacteria from between the teeth. Therefore, you keep the teeth and gums healthy by removing harmful germs that impact gum health interdentally.
Why You Should Floss Daily
Brushing your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes is not enough to slow down gum disease advancement. You also need to make a concerted effort to floss. That is because flossing reaches the spaces where brushing cannot. Therefore, you receive a more thorough and hygienic clean when you both brush and floss.
Using a Water Flosser
Besides using floss to clean between the teeth, you can supplement your dental care by using a water flosser. This type of device makes it possible for you to mini pressure wash between the teeth and at the gum line. While you should not use this form of treatment to replace regular flossing, you can significantly improve your dental health by adding the activity to your regular at-home routine.
How to Properly Floss Your Teeth
When you floss your teeth, pull out a strand of floss, about 18 inches, and wrap the string, except for an inch, around your middle fingers. Direct the remaining floss with your index fingers. Use a fresh new strand for every two teeth you floss. Glide the floss gently between the teeth, curving it into a “C” when you reach the gum. Scrap gently on each side of each tooth. This will remove stuck particles of food, plaque, and odor-causing germs. By taking this approach, you will experience tighter gums and fresher-smelling breath.
If you are not sure how to floss, check with us during your appointment. Schedule a consultation today for a comprehensive periodontal exam to ensure the health of your gums and teeth.