With everything to do during the holiday season, it’s easy to let our daily habits slide. Don’t let that happen to your dental hygiene habits! Let’s review some flossing techniques to make sure your teeth stay healthy and clean for this holiday season.
Break off an 18” piece of single-filament floss and wind it around one finger on each hand. Use a gentle sawing motion to slip the floss between your two front teeth, down to the gum line. Continue moving the floss back-and-forth as you carefully remove plaque and debris from between your teeth. Repeat around every tooth–including behind your back molars!
As you see, flossing is very easy! However, many people have a hard time getting into the habit. Sometimes it is uncomfortable to your gums, or you have a hard time physically getting the floss around every tooth. If you have problems flossing your teeth, don’t fret. There are interdental cleaning alternatives, such as water flossers, pre-strung flossers, floss for sensitive teeth, and dental picks created specifically for this purpose. Talk with Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team about potential options.
If you haven’t flossed regularly in a while, be aware that it is normal to feel slight discomfort at first. If the pain or discomfort does not go away after 2 weeks, call and set an appointment with our team.
For more information or to set an appointment, call Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California, at (209) 549-1721 today! Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team look forward to making your smile shine this holiday season!
Do you ever stop and think about how important your daily oral hygiene efforts are to your smile? They are crucial! You are the main line of defense when it comes to protecting your teeth and gums from the ravages of tooth decay and gum disease in between our dental cleanings and exams.
You see, bacteria in the mouth never take time off. And because bacteria thrive in the mouth, it rests on you to clean teeth and gums every day to prevent the bacterial buildup known as “plaque” from attacking your smile. The food you eat (and drink) feeds oral bacteria and produces acids that attack the teeth and gums. Sugary, starchy foods especially help bacteria form into dental plaque, and you can feel plaque when you run your tongue along the teeth before brushing. This sticky film will harden and cause problems between the teeth and along the gumline.
Plaque acids weaken tooth enamel and irritate gum tissue unless it is removed. And it’s not just cavities that will arise when the enamel is weakened. Over time, gum irritation makes them pull away from the teeth and form pockets which fill up with bacteria and pus. Without treatment, your teeth will loosen and fall out.
This is where your oral hygiene efforts make all the difference. To keep plaque in check, brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. While a toothbrush clears plaque along tooth surfaces, dental flossing clears plaque along the gumline and in between the teeth where your brush can’t clean.
Use a toothbrush with a small head so that you can reach the molars and a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect gum tissue and tooth enamel. If you are cavity prone, you can use an antimicrobial toothpaste with fluoride. To lower bacteria in the mouth, you can rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash once a day, and we are happy to give you personalized advice depending on your oral health.
If you would like more personalized information, or to schedule your next cleaning, please call our Gill Family Dentistry team at (209) 549-1721 today. Our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill and staff in Modesto, California, are here to work with you to create your healthiest smile!