Why Your Dental Cleaning Routine Needs to Include Flossing

Don’t forget to floss! We’ve all heard that advice, but flossing often gets overlooked in the hustle and bustle of Edmonton living. No matter how busy you are, regular flossing should be an essential part of your daily routine. Keep reading to find out why you should floss and how to do it right.

The Benefits of Flossing

If you want to give yourself the gift of a good daily dental cleaning, you need to floss. Just think of flossing, brushing and rinsing as the holy trinity of oral hygiene.

Flossing removes bacteria that your brush can’t reach before it turns into plaque. It only takes 24 hours for plaque to turn into tartar, and once that happens, there is no way to remove it yourself. You’ll have to visit your dentist for a professional dental cleaning. But when you floss, you stop that process before it even starts.

Regular flossing can help you reduce your chance of developing plaque build-up, cavities, tooth decay, gum disease and a host of other health issues.

The Best Way to Floss

If you want to get the biggest benefit from flossing, you simply have to take the time to do it right. Adding flossing to your bedtime routine will make it seem less like a chore and more like a way to unwind from the daily grind. Follow these tips to make sure that the time you spend flossing is as effective as possible:

  • Cut off a piece of floss about 40 cm long.
  • Wrap one end of the floss around one index finger and, leaving a few centimetres, wrap the rest of the floss loosely around your other index finger.
  • Slide the small section of floss between two teeth—to do this, you wrap it around each tooth in the shape of a ‘C’ and use an up-and-down motion to polish the tooth. Repeat this step for each tooth.
  • It’s always best to floss before you brush, that way you remove any and all food debris from in between teeth so that the toothbrush and toothpaste can do a better job.

Don’t panic if you see a little blood the first time that you floss. But if the bleeding persists for more than a few days, come in and see the dental professional at Joly Dental Care for a checkup. Bleeding could be a sign of gum disease.

Dental Cleaning for a Brighter Smile

Flossing, brushing and rinsing regularly are all important if you want a healthy smile. Be proactive about your oral hygiene and schedule regular dental cleanings and checkups with Joly Dental Care in downtown Edmonton today. Contact us now to book an appointment and protect your smile!

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