Flossing is a key aspect of good oral hygiene. However, it is
a practice that many people avoid. Whether this avoidance is due to discomfort
or from a lack of knowledge, flossing is not an activity that should be overlooked.
To help educate our patients on the importance of flossing here is some vital
information about dental floss for
you to use to help keep your teeth and gums in great health.
Cleaning Your Teeth to Another Level
When you brush your teeth, your toothbrush is only capable
of reaching so far. You can maneuver it any way that you want, but it will
always be too large to fit in-between your teeth. To remove the food, plaque
and bacteria that hide in the crevices in-between your teeth, you need to use
dental floss. Our periodontists, Drs. Kharmouche, Hardison and Hasan recommend for you to floss
every day. Whether you do so before or after you brush your teeth does not
matter, as long as you are thorough.
If it has been some time since the last time you have
flossed, you may feel a bit uncomfortable once you start again. However, you do
need to practice your technique and to take your time while you are flossing so
you can develop a good routine. If you still suffer from pain or discomfort
when you floss, you may benefit from trying a different kind of flossing
material, such as:
Keep in mind that sore gums may not be caused by the floss
you use and may actually be the result of an underlying dental issue, like gum disease. Regardless of what you think the cause is, if you experience any
soreness in your gums at any time, do not hesitate to have it checked out by
our periodontist in Sterling, VA.
If you have any questions about
your oral health or are interested in more flossing tips, contact us today or
schedule an appointment.
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