Flossing and Your Oral Health

By Louis Ruland
April 13, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Flossing  

Do you follow the recommendation of your Annapolis, MD, family dentists, Drs. John and Michael Ruland, and floss every day? Failure to floss can be a factor in tooth decay and gum disease. Fortunately, it's not too late to improve your oral hygiene by improving your flossing habits.

Why flossing is important

Your toothbrush does a good job of removing plaque from most areas of your teeth. Unfortunately, the bristles can't reach the spaces between teeth. If you don't floss, plaque builds up in those areas, increasing your risk of cavities.

Plaque soon turns into tartar, a hard deposit that can only be removed during an appointment with one of the family dentists here at our Annapolis office. When tartar and plaque coat your teeth, you're more likely to develop gum disease. Flossing removes plaque, preventing it from ever turning into tartar.

When you floss daily, you're also less likely to have bad breath. This is because food trapped between your teeth can cause a very unpleasant odor if left in place.

Which type of floss to choose

The best type of floss for your smile depends on the spacing of your teeth. Thin floss is the best choice for many people. If your teeth are widely spaced, however, flossing tape will be a better option.

When you floss, break off an 18-inch-long piece of floss from the dispenser. Wrap one end around the middle finger of one hand and the other end around the middle finger of the other hand. Move the floss back and forth between your teeth gently. At the base of your teeth, curve the floss into a "C" shape and floss the area where your teeth meet your gums.

Prioritize oral health

Daily flossing and brushing, in addition to regular checkups at the Annapolis, MD, office of your family dentists, Drs. John and Michael Ruland, helps you protect your smile. Although the office is currently only open for emergency appointments due to the coronavirus pandemic, checkup appointments will be offered as soon as it is deemed acceptable. If you have a dental emergency, call the office at (410) 268-5800 to schedule an appointment.