One of the top questions posed to a Toronto family dentist is: Do I really need to floss?
Despite being urged since childhood to floss regularly, many still doubt they need it. Some people even think the idea that flossing is important is a myth.
Here are some facts about flossing from your Toronto dentist.
Why Your Toronto Family Dentist Recommends Flossing
Flossing is a crucial part of dental home care for the following reasons.
1. Flossing Keeps Gums Healthy
Periodontal (gum) disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Floss is the only thing you can use to clean out gum pockets. Toothbrush bristles and toothpicks are too big to fit into those pockets. If you don’t floss, plaque – and eventually tartar – builds up. This causes gum diseases, which can lead to:
- Gum infections
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Bone loss
- Tooth loss
2. Flossing Reduces Risk of Tooth Decay
Again, floss is the only thing that can get in between the teeth to remove trapped food and plaque. If left, the food attracts bacteria, which release acids. Those acids attack the teeth and lead to decay.
3. Healthy Teeth and Gums Improve Overall Health
Another reason your Toronto family dentist recommends flossing is that when you have good oral health, you have good overall health. Periodontal disease has been linked to:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
How to Floss – Tips from Your Toronto Dentist
Your Toronto dentist recommends flossing at least once each day – for both children and parents. When you and your family come in for an examination and cleaning, Dr. Iliana Paparisto will be sure to demonstrate the proper way to brush and floss.
The C-Shaped Flossing Technique
The recommended technique is called the c-shaped flossing – it got its name from the c-shape you make with the dental floss when cleaning your teeth. The curved floss will hug the side of your tooth. Gently slide the floss down until you get resistance. Slide the floss up and down three to five times on each side of every tooth.
Do I Really Need to Floss?
Yes, you do – especially If you want healthy teeth. Moreover, losing all your teeth by a certain age doesn’t have to be your fate. With good home care practices – including daily flossing – as well as regular visits to your Toronto family dentist, you can keep your teeth forever. You can even reduce your risk of serious illnesses.
Has it been a while since your last professional cleaning? Contact our Toronto family dentist office to schedule an appointment today.