What Happens When I Forget To Floss?
Our team strongly advocates the daily practice of flossing, as it is a crucial component of maintaining optimal oral health and a beautiful smile. Flossing offers a multitude of benefits that may not be immediately apparent. Neglecting to floss can leave your smile vulnerable to a variety of issues, including cavities, gum disease, and even systemic health concerns.
Failure to remove food particles, bacteria, and plaque from the spaces between your teeth can lead to the development of cavities. Cavities can damage one or more teeth, spread to multiple layers of the tooth, and even affect the tooth nerve, pulp, and root canal. Ignoring regular flossing can also cause gum disease, which can irritate and infect the gums, leading to swelling, bleeding, and receding of the gums from the base of the teeth. Over time, tartar buildup can cause the jawbone to deteriorate, leading to loose or lost teeth. Additionally, untreated gum disease can contribute to serious health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, respiratory disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
To achieve proper flossing, we recommend using about 16-18 inches of floss, winding most of it around your middle fingers, and gently using back-and-forth motions with your thumbs and index fingers to slide the floss between your teeth, following the curves of your teeth and gums. It is important to use a clean area of floss between each tooth and to keep floss or travel floss picks on hand throughout the day. Regular flossing not only helps you maintain good oral health and overall wellness, but it can also help you avoid costly treatments.
If you require specific treatment, our team can assist you in finding the most cost-effective solution. We strongly recommend flossing at least once a day to achieve and maintain the top-notch smile and oral health that you deserve.
If you have any questions or would like more information on proper flossing techniques, please don't hesitate to reach out to a member of our team in Edina, MN and schedule your consultation. We are always happy to provide you and your family with the answers and information you need to achieve optimal dental health.