When people talk about dental health or cleaning teeth, the conversation is often diverted to the kind of toothbrush you use, if tooth whitening toothpastes actually work, or if mouth washes are really effective. After all of these discussions, flossing is barely mentioned despite the fact that it is just as important as brushing your teeth. The periodontists at Vancouver periodontal practice, BC Perio, have always championed the use of flossing and are here to tell you the benefits! To give some importance to flossing, we will shed some light as to exactly how it works.

Flossing is important in any dental hygiene regimen. It’s important because it allows you to reach the parts or sides of your teeth that the tooth brush always misses and is unable to clean. A floss is typically a white waxy string that you slip in between your teeth to remove any food that’s stuck or any plaque buildup. It also gets to work on the linings of your gums to achieve the same dislodging effect. Flossing plays a huge roll in preventing periodontal disease.

When you start to floss, make sure you get in between of each and every tooth. It’s especially important for the back sets of teeth because these are the teeth we use to grind and mash food so they are quite prone to food getting stuck. Additionally, these are the parts that are most difficult to reach with a toothbrush so flossing is doubly important for them. There are also many kinds of floss to choose from. Some have flavors, while others are unwaxed, or have different colours.

Now that you know how flossing works, it’s easy to see why brushing your teeth and using mouthwash is not enough for a complete dental hygiene regimen. Ask your friendly doctors at Coquitlam periodontal office, BC Perio, to give you tips on how to properly floss your teeth and get a clean white smile, with fresh breath. Contact us today!