Have you heard the saying, “floss only the teeth you wish to keep”? When you understand the meaning behind this, you will see there is definitely truth to it!
If food, debris and bacteria are not removed from teeth, plaque begins to form. If plaque is not removed within 24 – 36 hours it will harden and turn into tartar or calculus. Once tartar has formed this can lead to cavities, gingivitis, gum disease and other oral health problems. The surfaces of our teeth can easily be kept clean by brushing our teeth, but brushing with a toothbrush is ineffective at reaching in between the teeth. This is where floss can be used to clean between the teeth removing harmful bacteria and therefore allowing you to keep the teeth you wish.
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Facts About Flossing
28% of Canadians floss at least 5 times a week.
Most Canadians (70%) floss their teeth but only half of those do so daily.
If you don’t floss, you are missing more than one-third of your tooth surface.
Seven out of 10 Canadians will develop gum disease at some time in their lives. Proper, daily flossing can help prevent this.
How To Effectively Floss
- Break off about 18 inches of floss or dental tape.
- Wrap most of the floss around the middle finger on one hand, and the rest around the middle or index finger on the other hand. Leave about 2 inches of floss between your hands which will be used to floss in between your first tooth.
- Use your thumbs and forefingers to gently place the floss between your teeth, then slide the floss between your teeth and wrap it in around the base of your tooth so that the floss goes under the gum line. Continue with this up and down movement 2 or 3 times.
- Unwind the floss so a new section of floss is in between your hands for the new sections of your teeth.
- Move to the next tooth and continue step 3 and 4 until all your teeth, including your molars have been flossed.
Flossing literally takes minutes a day to do and has an extremely positive impact on your oral health. By following these steps along with proper brushing and regular dental check ups to ensure a happy mouth and excellent oral hygiene.
If you have questions about flossing or other questions about your oral health, please feel free to ask your Burnaby Dentist at North Burnaby Dental Group.