Is It Really Necessary To Floss?

Woman flossing in front of her bathroom mirror

At Dental Partners of Boston, we strive to empower our patients to have the best at-home care possible, as well as excellent regular professional cleanings. One very important part of that at-home oral hygiene is caring for your gums.

Gum Disease Is The #1 Reason For Missing Teeth

Gum disease (also known as gingivitis) occurs as a result of poor oral care. Tissues supporting and surrounding the teeth become inflamed and gums become red and swollen, often bleeding when brushed or flossed. One of the greatest ways to prevent gingivitis is by flossing, as well as brushing and rinsing.

Follow This Guide For Effective Flossing

Flossing aids good breath, clean teeth, and healthy gums! Flossing is key to preventing gum disease because floss can get to those hard-to-reach places that a toothbrush or fast rinsing can’t. There is a specific way to floss, though!

  • Don’t saw the floss back and forth. This can potentially create grooves and abrade the teeth and/or saw off the crown.
  • Always introduce the floss at the top of the tooth, and gently slide it in towards the gum line, and even under the gum line to hug the base of the tooth.
  • Before going to the next tooth, find an unused part of the floss to use. You don’t want to pass that bacteria all over the mouth!

Your Gums Will Thank You

Although you are responsible for caring for your teeth and gums at home, we are here to help you with your periodontal care. This involves maintaining the health of your gums and the bones in your mouth. We do this to eliminate infections, protect the roots of the teeth, and keep your whole body healthy.

We at Dental Partners of Boston can help you reverse and manage periodontal disease. Schedule an appointment.

Related Posts