Whenever we visit the dentist the first thing he or she asks is: “Have you been flossing?” A question most of us tend to avoid or just not acknowledge, mumbling a few how are yous and good thanks instead. Every dentist knows these tricks and mostly tend to expect their patients to mumble an embarrassed no under their breath. It’s something most of us just really don’t think of or consider until the day before we have a dentist appointment.
Have you ever why your dentist always asks about your flossing habits? Or do you just think it’s just a scare tactic they use to get you to come more often?
Well, your dentist talks about flossing because it’s the first step to total oral hygiene, even before you brush your teeth. It actually makes brushing your teeth easier because it removes the build-up and loosens the rest of the plaque and food bits close to the gums. It cleans the areas your toothbrush can’t reach, so you’re literally cleaning every crevice and spot when you also add flossing to your oral health regime.
Visiting the dentist every 6 months is the healthy going rate when you care about your teeth and mouth. When you leave your oral health in the dust you will eventually suffer from gum disease, premature teeth loss and your gums pulling away from your teeth. If you start flossing today you can actually begin to reverse any signs of gum disease that you may already have. The sooner the better because dental medical bills can be very expensive, especially if you haven’t been in quite a while. By taking care of your teeth at home and visiting your dentist every 6 months or so you will be saving on medical bills in the long run.
A healthy mouth really does equal a healthy body, and your dentist really just has your overall health in mind when they ask the dreaded question mentioned above. Flossing keeps your smile pretty and it really doesn’t take an awful lot of time out of your day.
Flossing is a very easy way to get between your teeth and close to your gums where your toothbrush can’t reach. By taking the floss between your thumb and forefinger in both hands you slide it in between your teeth and wrap it around an individual tooth then clean and polish it with an up and down motion. Making sure you get all the plaque and loose bits of food. If your gums bleed it’s not the end of the world, it just means that your gums are inflamed due to the build-up of plaque. It will subside in a week or two. And if it doesn’t make sure to see your dentist.
Mouthwash is something you can add to your oral health routine because it helps kill bacteria that the flossing and your toothbrush might not get rid of. You can also foods and drinks that are bad for your teeth like candy, soda and anything that is too hard to bite through. You’ll only end up damaging your teeth in the long run.
So this is why your dentist is always talking about flossing. He only has your best interests at heart. And we all know that migraines, earaches and toothache are three of the most painful things to happen to us. And if we can actively avoid having to go through it then that’s definitely advice to follow.
At the end of the day, it will only take you an extra 3 to 5 minute in the mornings and evenings when it comes to flossing your teeth.
Do it, your dentist and yourself will thank you in the long run.