The Importance of Flossing
Flossing teeth removes plaque and build up at the base of the teeth and between the teeth where a toothbrush can not reach. Plaque builds up on the teeth over time and when left on the teeth, plaque can lead to periodontal disease and tooth decay. Frequent and adequate flossing can help prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease.
What to Ask Your Dentist About Flossing; How Often Should I Floss?
Your dentist should recommend how often you should be flossing based on the condition of your teeth and gums. Dentists often recommend flossing multiple times per day for those with conditions such as gingivitis or other periodontal diseases. Based on the facts that many people do not floss at all, your Dentist may be ok with you flossing only once per day if your teeth and gums are in acceptable condition.
What to Ask Your Dentist About Flossing; How Do I Floss Correctly?
Once learned, flossing is fairly easy to accomplish but technique is key. Inadequate flossing can leave plaque deposits on the teeth even though flossing was completed. Ask your Dentist to physically show you how to floss and watch you do it to ensure that your technique is correct. Ask your Dentist for take home materials related to flossing to remind you of the correct way to floss once you get home.
What to Ask Your Dentist About Flossing; What Type of Floss Should I Use?
Floss comes in a wide array of options which make it difficult to know what is best. Should you use wax floss or unwaxed floss? Are floss picks as good as tape floss? Ask your Dentist what they recommend for your needs.
What to Ask Your Dentist About Flossing; Should My Gums Bleed When I Floss?
Your gums may bleed when you first begin flossing. The bleeding associated with flossing should subside after a few days of continued flossing. Ask your Dentist about bleeding while flossing and what they recommend to combat this as well as what to do if the bleeding does not subside.
What to Ask Your Dentist About Flossing; What Happens If I Don’t Floss?
Too many people take their teeth for granted. Dentist’s have said “Only floss the teeth you want to keep”. Get your flossing butt in gear, ask your Dentist to show you pictures of what happens to people’s teeth when they do not floss. Seeing what your teeth may look like will help you remember how important flossing is.
Source: Self, http://www.floss.com/flossinghome.html, http://www.flossing.org/pages/Q&ADrT.html