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Why is Flossing so Important?

added on: November 25, 2013

Woman Flossing Her TeethYou always hear from dentists that you need to brush AND floss. But why? Isn’t brushing enough? At the dental office of Dr. Brian Rutherford in Mill Creek, we’d like to explain a little bit about why flossing is such an important part of your oral health.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), flossing at least once a day is necessary to maintain optimal oral health. Why? Flossing helps you successfully remove plaque and bacteria from in between teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach.

While a toothbrush is great for cleaning the surfaces of teeth, when you pair proper brushing with a daily flossing routine, you’re not only removing plaque before it can harden into dangerous tartar or calculus, you’re also reducing your risk of cavities and gum disease. With the number of dangers directly related to gum disease (heart disease, strokes, even some cancers), flossing is something you shouldn’t ignore.

Flossing Tips for Healthy Gums

  • Floss before brushing your teeth

  • Glide the floss in between each tooth using a sawing motion

  • Angle the floss in a “c” shape around the tooth and slightly below the gumline

  • Repeat on the opposite tooth

  • Unravel the floss from your fingers, supplying fresh floss for each set of teeth

  • Finish up with a proper brushing

When you first start on a daily flossing routine, you may experience some discomfort. However, it’s really important that you don’t stop. If you’re still experiencing discomfort after a week or two, call your dentist in Mill Creek immediately.

If you’re due for a checkup, are experiencing discomfort during flossing, or are in need of a professional cleaning, we can help. Call Dr. Brian Rutherford to schedule your appointment today.

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