Preventive Dentistry: How Important Is Flossing?

Posted by Osuna Dental Care Sep 06, 2022

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Flossing regularly is an essential part of oral hygiene. It helps to remove food particles and plaque from the spaces between the teeth. Flossing correctly can help prevent cavities and gum disease. Flossing gets rid of plaque buildup and leftover food particles that are stuck between the teeth. Flossing also helps to prevent bad breath, which is caused by bacteria in the mouth. Flossing isn’t just crucial for your dental health—it’s also essential to your overall health. Flossing removes plaque, which can lead to tooth decay. Plaque can also harden into tartar, which can only be removed professionally by a dentist. At Osuna Dental Care, regular flossing can also lower gum disease risk. When you have gum disease, your gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets. These pockets fill up with bacteria, which eat away your teeth and gums. By preventing tooth decay and gum disease, you can avoid the need for more complicated dental treatments in the future, including dental crowns and fillings. We can help keep your smile healthy with regular cleanings. 

How to Floss Properly?

You should spend at least two minutes thoroughly flossing every section of your mouth. Use about 18 inches of floss so that you’re able to clean between all of your teeth. Wrap all the ends around your middle finger on each hand, and then wrap your thumbs around those fingers. You should have about two inches of floss between your fingers. Use a clean section for each tooth and wrap the floss around each tooth in a C-shape. Gently slide it along the tooth's surface to remove plaque and debris. Repeat this process between each of your teeth. When you’re finished, rinse with mouthwash or water to remove debris from the sink.

The Benefits of Flossing

Flossing is an essential part of oral hygiene. Flossing prevents the formation of plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar lead to the formation of cavities, which are holes in the teeth. The formation of cavities can eventually lead to tooth loss. Plaque and tartar buildup in the gums can cause inflammation, a condition known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease but can lead to more severe conditions such as periodontitis. Periodontitis causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, and it can cause the teeth to become loose.

Flossing your teeth helps remove plaque and bacteria that build up between your teeth, which can help prevent cavities and gum disease. For the best dental services customized to your needs, visit Osuna Dental Care at 5900 Cubero Dr NE suite B, Albuquerque, NM 87109, or call (505) 884-1989.

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