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Why You Should Floss

Posted on 6/20/2022 by Nam Thien Vu, DDS
Why You Should FlossYou may brush your teeth regularly but still have a bad breath. This can be very embarrassing and can affect your social life. Flossing could be the solution to your problem. It helps to remove debris trapped between teeth where your toothbrush can not reach. There are two types of floss, the waxed and unwaxed.

Benefits of Flossing

Flossing gets rid of plaque trapped between teeth and between the tooth and gum. If plaque is not removed it forms acid which erodes your tooth enamel. This can lead to tooth decay.

Reduced risk of having cavities. Tooth decay caused by wearing out of the enamel is avoided if you floss your teeth. If this happens, then there is no cavity that can be formed.

Plaque buildup attracts bacteria that make your gums swell, turn red and become sore. This might advance if not treated and cause extreme pain, receding gums and bone damage.

Bad breath is caused by food particles that are trapped between teeth. If the particles are not removed, they rot and produce a bad smell. Tooth decay caused by plaque can also be the cause of foul smell from your mouth.

How to Floss

Cut a piece of floss about 18 inches and wind it on your middle fingers on both ends. Next, use your thumbs and index fingers to hold it firmly on both ends. Then, slide the floss between teeth by rubbing gently. Curve the floss to form a C-shape and slide it under the gum line. Hold the floss firmly against the tooth and rub moving up and down but careful not to touch the gum. Repeat this steps for all the other teeth. You should floss at least once daily. For more information, call us or visit our dental clinic.

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