Ronald Murphy has been educating people on flossing for more than 12 years. The Batavia dentist offers general and cosmetic dentistry. His office is located at 1605 W. Wilson St., Suite 114 in Batavia. He recently chatted about why flossing is important.
Question: Why is flossing important? What does flossing prevent?
Answer: Flossing is important because it keeps the areas between the teeth clean where a toothbrush and mouthwash cannot reach. It helps to disrupt bacteria formation between the teeth and reduce the risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease, as well as cavities between the teeth.
Question: How often should we be flossing?
Answer: Ideally, flossing is done daily. You want to get to a point where when you are flossing, your gums are not bleeding.
Question: Is there a specific method for how we should be flossing?
Answer: I recommend to do this at night before bed to get all the day’s food and plaque out. You should use a c-shape when you floss. Use a see-saw motion to get the floss through the area where the teeth touch to avoid snapping the floss in and hitting your gums hard.
Question: What type of floss do you recommend?
Answer: Every patient is so different, so the type of floss a person needs depends specifically on their teeth. Floss threaders are good to get under a retainer or bridge. If you have a hard time using string floss, I do recommend Plackers. Something getting between your teeth is better than nothing.
Question: At what age should people start flossing? Why?
Answer: The younger the better. It helps form the habit early on.
Question: What are some warning signs we can look for while we are flossing that something might not be right?
Answer: Things to look for are bleeding and pus.
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