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Do You Really Need to Floss?

It’s no secret that patients tend to dislike flossing, even if you don’t tell your dentist. A study by the American Academy of Periodontology indicates more than a quarter of American adults lie about their flossing habits. There are also questions in the dental field about the results of regular flossing. So why do it?

The American Dental Association and many dentists throughout America advocate for daily flossing. Additional studies into the effects of flossing will help to shape our advice in the future, but for now, you’re better safe than sorry. Half of all Americans over 30 will be affected by gum disease, and we believe daily flossing can help prevent gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. Flossing is inexpensive, it has not proven harmful, and it’s easy once you learn the proper technique.

How to Floss Properly

If you don’t take the time to do it correctly, flossing can be difficult, painful, ineffective, or even unhygienic. Your gums might feel sore or bleed a little when you first start flossing regularly, which is normal. The more you practice flossing, the better and faster you’ll get at it, so learn how to floss the right way. To floss correctly, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Get about 18 inches of standard, stringed floss.
  2. Wrap the left end around the tip of your left middle finger a few times until it doesn’t pull loose. Do the same with the right end on your right middle finger, which should leave plenty of useable floss between your hands.
  3. Grip the floss securely between the thumbs and forefingers of each hand for greater control.
  4. Pull floss gently between your teeth to avoid snapping the floss onto your gums. If your teeth are especially close together, try wiggling the floss back and forth until it slides between your teeth.
  5. Pull the floss against the side of the tooth, and scrape up and down the side of each tooth with the floss.

Try to use a different section of floss for each tooth in order to avoid spreading germs. Be sure to floss between all your teeth, even those in the back!

Additional Plaque Removal Procedures

Plaque will build up on your teeth over time, even with proper brushing and flossing at home. This is just one of the many reasons why it’s important to get routine dental cleanings and examinations. To learn more about plaque buildup and the procedures we employ at Southern Dental Care to fight plaque, click here.

Our dental office is located at 7301 Westbank Expy in Marrero. We are just minutes away from Harvey and are happy to serve the entire Greater New Orleans Area. Contact us today to make an appointment!

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