Let’s get real about flossing. You know, that that thing your dentist always recommends you do no matter how healthy your teeth look? That’s because flossing your teeth is an essential element to a good oral health care routine. Flossing not only helps remove the food from between our teeth, it prevents bacteria from growing and harming our teeth and gums.
So why is it that, according to studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than 30% of Americans floss on a daily basis? If we’re all being told by our dentists to floss 2-3 times each day to keep our mouths healthy, why are there not more of us doing it?
For some, they argue that makes their gums bleed. Well, the good news is, it gets better. If you are not regularly flossing, bacteria sits around your teeth and attaches itself to your gum line. That’s why your gums turn red and can start bleeding when you go to floss - because they have become damaged by the growing bacteria. The more you floss your teeth and remove the bacteria, the stronger and healthier your gums will get, and you’ll see the redness and bleeding subside in no time.
Others reason against flossing because it hurts. Believe it or not, flossing can actually require some technique to avoid pain. Be gentle when flossing your teeth, and curve the floss around the base of each tooth as you move it up and down. Don’t snap the floss between your teeth, as that can cause further irritation and pain to your mouth.
The other main reason we hear that detracts people from flossing on a regular basis, is that it can be tedious and time-consuming. While this can be true at the start, once you get the hang of flossing it really doesn’t take much time and upkeep. The key is to integrate it into your established daily routine. Once you’ve gotten in the habit of flossing, you’ll be able to do it quickly, and painlessly.
If you have questions about flossing or your overall oral health, give us a call at 850-640-2162 and we will be happy to answer your questions.