No matter how thoroughly you brush your teeth, reaching all the plaque and food debris that reside under your gum line and in between your teeth is impossible. This is where flossing comes in.
Since we can’t possibly see all the little bits of food and plaque between our teeth, flossing can help us keep our smiles clean and healthy. Even if you brush twice a day for two minutes each session, ignoring the spaces between your teeth can harm your dental health over time. Flossing can help you remove plaque and food between your teeth, which will in turn prevent gingivitis, cavities, and periodontal disease.
Using dental floss can help you prevent gum disease and tooth decay because it will stimulate the gum, polish the tooth surfaces, prevent buildup of plaque, and reduce bleeding gums.
[Related: The Importance of Brushing and Flossing]
In order to get the most out of your flossing session, and remove as much plaque and debris as possible, you need to make sure you are flossing properly. Here’s what we suggest:
If your gums are red and inflamed, you may see some bleeding when you floss. However, if you continue your routine of flossing and brushing properly each day, the bleeding should stop after a few days. Your gums will look pink and healthier.
Don’t floss more than once or twice a day, unless you’re trying to remove a piece of food from in between your teeth. Over-flossing or flossing with too much pressure can cause damage to your gum tissue and destroy your gum line.