Keep teeth and gums as clean as possible by flossing at least once a day.
Your gums can say a lot about the health of your smile. Just as having white, even teeth are signs of good oral health, so is having pink, vibrant gums. Of course, not many people think about what they should be doing to maintain healthy gums. Neglected gum tissue can lead to problems such as receding gums or gum disease, if you aren’t careful. Of course, our Baltimore, MD, family dentist, Dr. Brenda Faulk, is here to explain why flossing is one of the best things you can do for your gum health.
So, why should you floss?
A lot of people assume that if they brush their teeth at least twice a day that should be enough to thoroughly clean their teeth. Remember, food can get trapped between teeth and plaque can quickly buildup in these areas, too. While brushing will remove some of these issues, it won’t be able to tackle it all by itself. The only way to remove plaque from between teeth and along the gumline is to use floss.
Why does plaque need to be removed?
Plaque is a clear substance that forms on teeth whenever you eat something. The food you eat mixed with saliva creates this sticky substance that will always develop on teeth and gums. Of course, brushing and flossing regularly, as well as visiting your Baltimore dentist is the best way to reduce plaque buildup.
The problem with plaque is the fact that it contains harmful bacteria that can lead to cavities and gum disease if left on teeth. Since your toothbrush can’t get into these tight-to-reach spaces, the only thing that can is floss. If you aren’t flossing everyday then you aren’t properly caring for your teeth and gums.
When should I floss each day?
You would be surprised how often people wonder this. Honestly, if you are flossing once a day without fail it shouldn’t matter when you do it, just as long as you do it. Of course, there are some potential benefits to flossing at night before bedtime and before you brush your teeth. For one, plaque is removed and isn’t sitting on your teeth and gums overnight. Secondly, flossing your teeth helps to dislodge food and plaque so that the fluoridate toothpaste you use can provide a deeper clean between teeth and along the gum line.
Are you dealing with bleeding gums or other symptoms? Get the care you need as soon as possible. Turn to our Baltimore, MD, family dental practice and schedule an appointment right away.