Is flossing really important?

Yes, absolutely. You should floss at least once a day, if not more. Flossing removes food particles and other contaminants that lodge between the teeth or deep in the gums that cannot be easily removed by just brushing. Food left between the teeth can quickly create cavities, while food in the gums can cause gum inflammation and abscesses. When gum irritation is left untreated, this can result in a loss of calcium in teeth and the surrounding jaw, ultimately necessitating root canals or even complete removal of teeth.

So yes, flossing is important. However, there is a technique to flossing that requires a bit of practice to get right. You don’t want to just slide the floss in and out between your teeth. Instead, gently slide the floss between each pair of teeth, and then gently move the floss up and down to scrub the side of each tooth. Make sure to get in below the gumline, where food often collects.

If you would like assistance in learning how to properly floss your teeth, make sure to ask your hygienist or dentist the next time you’re in our office. We’ll be happy to help you improve your technique, so that you can floss like a pro with minimal discomfort and maximum effectiveness. Also if flossing is too difficult there are other options that you can discuss with the dentist or hygienist that will work for you.