Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Flossing

CWD EditorCommon Dental Issues & Procedures

Unfortunately, too many Americans seem to labor under the impression that brushing your teeth twice daily is enough. But, the fact remains, for optimal dental health you must be flossing too!

Why is Flossing Important? 

Brushing and flossing are both essential for your oral health—however, they accomplish two different objectives. While brushing removes plaque from tooth surfaces, flossing removes plaque and food particles from between your teeth, areas that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush.

At Cottonwood Dental, our objective is to help our patients have the best, healthiest smiles around, and to ensure their long standing good dental and overall health. Flossing is a big part of this. Benefits of flossing include a whiter smile, better breath, and, most importantly, the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease.

What Does Flossing do to Keep Gums Healthy?

The human mouth harbors a lot of bacteria. Some of this bacteria can become lodged under the gum line where oxygen (and your toothbrush) cannot reach it. This is when floss becomes especially essential. Floss is able to reach these areas and introduce oxygen, creating an environment less friendly for the growth and spread of bacteria.

How Many Times a Day Should You Floss? 

It’s important to floss at least once a day, ideally right before you go to bed. Whether you choose to floss before or after brushing is personal preference. 

How Do You Floss Correctly?

Use a floss that you are comfortable with. There are some great options like antibacterial, waxed, or Teflon coated. Choose what feels best for you, any of these choices will effectively remove bacteria from the gum line. You should use a piece of floss that is about a foot in length, wrap it around your index or middle fingers securely, leaving around 6 inches of slack. Don’t try to force the floss between your teeth, instead gentle wiggle it into place. Wrap the floss around the surface of the tooth and gently move it up and down. Many people make the mistake of just moving the floss back and forth, but it is more effective to move up and down methodically.

At Cottonwood Dental, we urge you to never underestimate the importance of flossing for your dental and overall health! Visit us for your regular dental exam, and we’ll help you construct a great everyday dental regimen and demonstrate how to floss properly. Ready to get started? Set up an appointment with Cottonwood Dental today!


About The Author

Dr. David Giaquinto, DDS

Dentist at Cottonwood Dental

Dentistry is a profession that requires many layers of knowledge and training. My background encompasses three post-grad degrees along with a command of aesthetics and precision. Both of those are necessary when creating the great results that we promise our patients. Being a graduate of the University of New Mexico and Marquette University School of Dentistry has provided me with a launching point for my practice at Cottonwood Dental. My ongoing research… [Read full bio]