Plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease. Flossing is critical to removing plaque between your teeth and under your gum line. When you don’t floss, you’re only cleaning about two-thirds of your tooth surface, according to the Canadian Dental Association. Within 24 hours, plaque eventually hardens into tartar, which can only be removed with a professional cleaning.
Here are a few things you need to know about flossing:
Flossing daily is very important, but not everyone may know how to do it properly. The most common way to floss is to wind 18 inches of floss around the middle fingers and then slide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion, using your index fingers to control and finesse the floss around your teeth. Be sure to gently floss around the base of the tooth and under the gumline. Don’t forget to floss both sides of every tooth and the backs of your last molars as well. Once you’re finished, throw the floss in the garbage. Never flush it in the toilet.
Sometimes, your gums may bleed when you floss. It’s common for your gums to bleed when you floss for the first time, according to Colgate. In fact, bleeding gums means you need to floss more often and visit your dental hygienist for your regular cleanings.
But, if the bleeding doesn't stop after a few days, visit your dentist. If you'd like to speak with a dentist about your flossing habits or need help getting the proper technique down, visit your local Dental Image Therapy Centres. We’re conveniently located at St. Vital Centre and Garden City Shopping Centre.
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