Fibbing about flossing?
Be honest, who has gone to the dentist for their regular check up appointment and stated they brush their teeth twice a day and floss everyday too? How many of you actually do? OK, whilst majority of patients do in fact brush their teeth twice a day, only 21% of adults use dental floss regularly with one in three having never flossed their teeth at all. A shocking fact considering flossing is an essential part of your oral hygiene cleaning routine.
Another important fact to mention is that by not flossing your teeth daily you miss cleaning a third of your natural tooth structure. Flossing removes plaque that has built up interdentally. Plaque is a white, sticky substance that, if not removed, will harden and turn to calculus which is then virtually impossible for you to remove yourself. The bacteria from the plaque irritates the gums causing inflammation making the gums sore, possibly bleed and appear red and angry. This is how Gum Disease is caused.
It is never too late to start flossing your teeth. You may notice that your gums bleed initially but this is nothing to worry about. Once all the plaque that has built up has been removed you will notice that your gums will not bleed anymore and your gums will feel and look healthier.
The Dental Hygienist
Not everyone finds flossing easy. There are holders available which holds the floss in place making handling easier. Alternatively you could try interdental brushes. Different sizes are available and many are fitted with an easy to use handle. If you are still finding it difficult speak to your dentist. He may suggest an appointment with the hygienist, who’s sole role in the practice is to help you keep your teeth clean. She can advise you and demonstrate how to use these cleaning implements and show you little tricks on how to make cleaning easier.
At Cygnet Dental Practice we are lucky enough to have Vicki, our Dental Hygienist, here with us every week. Her gentle manor and fun approach makes seeing her an enjoyable experience. Call us today to make an appointment.