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Flossing 101: All You Need to Know

June 18, 2019
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Don’t you just hate it when there’s food stuck between your teeth and you just can’t seem to get it out?
Well, that’s when flossing comes in super handy. But learning how to floss can be a little tricky. There’s a technique involved and if you don’t know how to do it right, you might have a little hard time getting that piece of food out.
But hey, don’t give up on flossing. It may take a while but you’ll get the hang of it. And if you ever feel like you want to stop flossing, remind yourself why flossing is so important. Allow us to elaborate:

What Happens if You Don’t Floss

Flossing saves you from two dental issues: cavities and gingivitis. As more and more food gets stuck between your teeth, you start developing dental plaque, which builds up if not removed. The Clinical Microbiology Reviews report that there are more than 1000 types of bacteria in plaque. Without flossing, the bacteria would continue to affect your teeth and gums, resulting in gingivitis and cavities.

The Connection between Overall Health and Oral Health

You may not know but there’s a rather crucial connection between your overall health and your oral health. What simply started as ignoring to floss can lead to gingivitis and worse, periodontal disease. Not getting timely treatment for gingivitis can cause this. The Anaerobe Journal reports that the bacteria from periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream from where it can travel to other parts of the body. The bacteria have also been linked to heart and lung diseases, including diabetes and risk of low-birth weight.  

Improving Your Oral Hygiene Habits

A rather simple way to prevent all these oral and health conditions is maintaining a great oral hygiene. Develop a habit of flossing at least once a day, perhaps before going to sleep. This is a good time to floss because you can remove any bits of food and plaque in your mouth.
In addition to flossing, make sure to brush twice on a daily basis. Use an antimicrobial toothpaste as it works effectively to remove plaque and prevent dental diseases like gingivitis and cavities. Using good toothpaste will give your mouth a clean and refreshing feeling.
Invisalign blog imageFlossing is a must if you want to keep your teeth and gums safe from pain and disease. According to the Journal of Dental Hygiene, flossing and brushing your teeth helps prevent gingivitis but doesn’t reduce plaque.
For the best dental treatment in Los Angeles, book an appointment with one of our experienced dentists. Here, we work wholeheartedly to make sure you get a satisfying and comfortable experience.

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