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Proper Flossing Helps Encourage Excellent Oral Health in Phoenix and Glendale

February 15, 2017

Flossing, along with brushing your teeth, is one of the best preventive dentistry methods.Contrary to popular belief, there is a correct and incorrect way to floss your teeth. It’s just as important as brushing and can help you achieve optimal oral health. After every meal you consume, food particles become lodged in between your teeth and under the gum line. If food particles are left in between teeth, it can lead to bacterial buildup that can leave your teeth at risk of becoming infected. Flossing can give your oral health a major boost when done correctly. Too often, people either don’t spend enough time flossing or are performing the task incorrectly.

At Smile Fitness Dental Centers, we care deeply about the state of your oral health. Great oral health encourages good overall health, which is very beneficial for your wellbeing. Flossing, along with brushing your teeth, is one of the best preventive dentistry methods. Dr. Gordon and Dr. Green are the dentists Glendale and Phoenix, AZ residents can trust for valuable dental advice.

Why Should You Floss?

Ideally, you should be flossing after every meal. If you aren’t able to do so, once per day is sufficient. Flossing is very important for your oral health. If a person doesn’t floss, harmful bacteria and rotting food particles can bring about many dental issues.

When you’re asleep, saliva flow is minimal. Saliva helps wash out food particles and bacteria from your teeth. Because saliva flow is so low while sleeping, it’s imperative that you are flossing so you don’t put your teeth at risk. Flossing removes the sticky bacteria and plaque that wreak havoc on your teeth. The acidity that’s generated from plaque can cause cavities, gum irritation and other ailments that can lead to gum disease.

What Is a Proper Flossing Technique?

Many patients have their own ideas as to how to properly floss their teeth. It doesn’t matter how it looks, just as long as you’re concentrating on thoroughly cleaning each tooth.

Below is a step-by-step flossing technique that can work wonders for your smile:

  1. Begin by tearing off 18 inches of floss and wrapping each end around your index or middle fingers and pinch with your thumbs.
  2. Leave 1-2 inches of floss length in between your thumbs.
  3. Glide floss between your teeth in a gentle zigzag motion.
  4. Move the floss in a “C” motion when you get to your gums.
  5. Slide floss up and down against your tooth’s surface and under the gum line.
  6. Repeat for all of your teeth.
  7. Rinse out your mouth with water or mouthwash.

Practicing these steps will help you develop a tried and true flossing routine that will keep your mouth free of food particles and other harmful bacteria.

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We recommend that patients visit us for a general checkup once every six months, or twice a year. This allows us to keep a close eye on your oral health and address any current dental problems. Our team is committed to providing excellent dental service that will keep your smile looking and feeling great. Make an appointment today!

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