The Importance of Flossing

Benefits of Flossing

At Broadway Smiles, we believe that good dental health is a combination of daily personal oral care and regular visits to your dentist. Flossing is an essential step in your daily teeth-cleaning routine that can help keep your smile healthy and bright.

Flossing removes plaque and bacteria that your toothbrush can’t reach, reducing the chances of gum disease and tooth decay. According to the Canadian Dental Association, failing to floss means missing cleaning more than one-third of your tooth surface.

Here are the Canadian Dental Association’s recommendations on how to floss your teeth:

  • Take a length of floss equal to the distance from your hand to your shoulder. Wrap it around your index and middle fingers, leaving about two inches between your hands.
  • Slide the floss between your teeth and wrap it into a C-shape around the base of the tooth and gently under the gum line. Wipe the tooth from base to tip two or three times.
  • Floss on both sides of every tooth, including the backs of your last molars. Use a new section of floss as it wears and picks up any particles.
  • Brush your teeth after flossing for a more effective method of preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

It doesn’t matter if you brush or floss first, as long as you do a thorough job. However, flossing before brushing might allow more fluoride from your toothpaste to reach between your teeth. In addition to daily brushing and flossing, consider using an antimicrobial mouth rinse or a mouth rinse containing fluoride and xylitol to promote oral health.

Take control of your oral health and give yourself the gift of a healthy, clean smile by visiting Broadway Smiles regularly. Our dental team is dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain excellent oral health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.