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The Importance of Flossing

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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.

Flossing Takes 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 periodontist, Drs. Kharmouche, Hardison recommends 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.

Flossing Options

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:

  • Waxed
  • Comfort
  • Unwaxed
  • Thick

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.

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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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