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You’ve probably heard that you should floss every day, but are you convinced? Do you know what could happen if you don’t floss well? Or do you floss regularly but worry about your technique? Today, our team is happy to discuss the importance—and technique—of flossing.

How Important is Flossing?

Flossing should be an integral part of your oral hygiene. If you don’t remove plaque from your teeth, your gums could become inflamed—including plaque that can’t be reached with a brush. If plaque is left on your smile, you could damage experience a wide array of problems, including gum disease. While gum disease itself is a problem that can wreak havoc on your mouth—it can lead to receding gum lines, gums that pull away from the teeth, and even the loss of teeth and supporting bone structure—it can also cause serious problems with you overall health. Sadly, when you have gum disease, bacteria inside your mouth are more likely to enter your bloodstream through your gums. This is a problem because gum disease has been tied to heart disease, dementia, respiratory problems, diabetes and cancer.

How Can I Improve My Flossing?

Even if you floss daily, if you miss plaque, your teeth could still be at risk for gum disease. This makes using proper techniques more important. The first thing you should do is wash your hands. Also, please remember to use clean areas while you gloss. Germs—whether on your hands or floss—may enter your blood stream and lead to other complications.

When you floss, you should wrap about a food and a half of floss around your middle finger. Use your thumb and index finger to guide the floss. Remember to glide the floss up and down your teeth, remembering to clean under your gumline.

With these tips, you may be able to improve your oral hygiene. If you have more questions, please feel free to contact us at 910.864.4646. Dr. David J. Harsant—and our entire team—will be happy to answer any questions you have.