You often hear dentists singing the praises of flossing, but what’s so good about flossing and do you really need to do it to enjoy good oral health? Here are 5 fantastic facts about flossing:
- Flossing is as important as brushing: many people overlook the importance of flossing and view it as an inferior means of cleaning compared to brushing. However, flossing is equally important and this is because it targets areas of the mouth that can’t be reached with a toothbrush.
- Flossing helps to reduce the risk of decay and gum disease: flossing helps to reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay because it removes food debris and traces of harmful bacteria before they are able to combine with saliva to form plaque. Plaque is the main risk factor for both decay and gum disease.
- Flossing makes your smile look younger and more attractive: flossing on a regular basis makes your teeth look cleaner and brighter, which gives you a more attractive and youthful smile. Flossing cleans areas that are commonly missed when you brush, preventing surface stains and giving your pearly whites a lovely healthy glow.
- Your gums shouldn’t bleed when you floss: many people assume that it’s normal for the gums to bleed when you floss, but this is not the case. If you have never flossed before or are flossing for the first time in a while, you may find that your gums bleed. However, if you are used to flossing and your gums bleed, this is not normal and you should see your dentist. Bleeding gums are one of the leading signs of gum disease.
- Flossing is easy once you get the hang of it: to begin with flossing can be a bit fiddly, but once you get used to it and it becomes part of your daily routine, you’ll find it very easy. If you have any issues or questions or you’d like advice, don’t hesitate to ask one of our dentists or dental hygienists.