Why flossing your teeth properly is important for your oral health

Have you noticed that every time you visit the dentist for a check-up, they will likely ask you if you have been flossing regularly? For most patients, unfortunately, the answer is negative. Whether the result of limited knowledge on how to floss properly or pure laziness, lack of flossing can cause many oral health problems.


At Healthy Smile Centre, we aim to inform our patients about the importance of flossing in their daily oral hygiene routine. If you are not sure how you should floss your teeth properly, you are welcome to ask our dentist in Alexandria, who will be willing to show you all the right techniques for flossing like a pro.


Flossing at least once per day is really important for all the following reasons.


Say goodbye to bad breath


Flossing moves the bacteria and plaque that get trapped between your teeth and below your gums. Even if you brush your teeth more than twice a day, a regular toothbrush cannot reach all the places inside your mouth. Floss, on the other hand, is very thin and by cleaning the surfaces in-between your teeth, it can remove all the bacteria that produce a foul smell and a bad breath.


Eliminate the risk of tooth decay and gum disease


When plaque accumulates over the teeth and gums, it can turn into a hard substance known as tartar. This can only be removed by your dentist in Alexandria. To ensure that there is no significant build-up of tartar on your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, make sure to floss daily.


Proper flossing techniques


However, just because you use a floss daily, it doesn’t mean that you are flossing your teeth properly. You need to ensure that you run along the entire surface of the side of each tooth, all the way down to the gum line, so that bacteria can be removed efficiently. If you are not very confident about your flossing technique, you can always ask our dentist in Alexandria. Not only will we show you the best flossing techniques, but also, we will let you know which areas in your mouth are more prone to tooth decay and gum disease.