We often see patients that take care of their smiles, brushing daily and even seeing us for checkups and cleanings. However, time and time again we see these same patients neglect one of the most important parts of routine homecare: flossing! We’re going to talk about what makes flossing so vital for our patients in Richardson, TX.

Gingivitis and Gum Disease

When food becomes trapped between teeth, bacteria will break down the particles and in the process, elevate oral acidity and leave a coating of plaque on the surface of the teeth. Plaque not only erodes and weakens outer enamel, but can inflame gum tissue. Soon, you can develop gingivitis, which means sore and red gums that bleed easily. As the gums recede and form pockets at the gum line, gum disease can occur as well. While gingivitis is reversible, gum disease is not. Routine treatment will be necessary to manage the disease and prevent the advanced stages responsible for adult tooth loss.

Proper Floss Use

A toothbrush cannot remove the food particles stuck between the teeth. Which means you need to floss every night (or after every meal, since you can carry floss with you discreetly). You should take a length of floss tape and wrap it around your middle fingers and hold it taut with your thumbs and forefingers. Then move the tape up and down the length of your tooth, moving below the gum line. Do this for every single tooth, both sides. You can also use a water flosser or floss pick.

See Us Every Six Months

In addition to flossing, you should see us every six months for a dental cleaning. While flossing and brushing helps prevent buildup, it cannot remove any plaque that has already adhered to your teeth. A cleaning is crucial for avoiding gum disease! If you have any questions about flossing, then contact our team today.

We can Help You Maintain a Healthy Smile

Don’t let your oral health suffer, let us help you maintain a smile free of periodontal problems. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling the Viva Dental Family Dentistry office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).