Today one of our patients at our Vancouver dental office, Homer Dental asked about flossing and Myth about flossing. So, we thought to put the answer in our website as blog.

Regular use of dental floss removes plaque, helping to prevent the buildup of plaque. Simply flossing your teeth can make them look brighter by removing plaque and excess food particles that you may not see in the mirror or in areas that your toothbrush doesn’t reach. See the list below of the most common

Myth:  You Don’t Need To Floss Every Day

It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, and that you floss once per day. Brushing your teeth properly is a great first step, but it’s not enough. Your toothbrush simply cannot get into the little gaps between your teeth where bacteria congregates to form plaque and tartar. Even if you brushed twenty times a day, you wouldn’t be able to reach these bacteria. That’s why flossing is so important. 

Myth:   You Don’t Have to Floss If You Brush With An Electric Toothbrush

This is also false. Electric toothbrushes make it easier to brush your teeth properly, and the vibrations may help clean food debris and particles from between your teeth. But, brushing is not the same as flossing. Even the best electric toothbrushes can’t remove all of the plaque and bacteria from the tiny gaps in your teeth. 

Myth:  Learning To Floss Properly Is Just Too Hard

It’s not. It just takes a little bit of time and effort, and a demonstration from a dental professional.  If you use the correct technique and have a healthy mouth, flossing shouldn’t hurt at all. If you keep cleaning your teeth and flossing regularly, this discomfort will go away, because you’ll be eliminating the plaque and bacteria that cause the inflammation.

Myth:  You Only Need to Floss If You Have Food Stuck Between Your Teeth

Floss is definitely the best way to remove tough food particles, such as popcorn kernels, meat, and other fibrous foods from between your teeth. If you leave them there, bacteria will gather, and attack your gums and teeth, so it’s a good idea to floss, or use a toothpick to get them out.

Floss Every Day – It’s for Your Own Good!

If you take the time to floss every single day, and do so properly, your mouth will benefit. You’ll have a lower risk of cavities and gum disease, and you will be able to keep your smile in great shape for decades to come. So, don’t believe these myths about flossing.

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