The benefits of flossing | Dr. Michael Pauls, Vancouver family dentist

Most of us view flossing as a tedious task. So why take the time to floss every night? Read on to learn why we advocate for flossing at our Vancouver dental clinic!

Cleaning all the surfaces of your teeth

The first and most obvious benefit of flossing is that it helps to clean in between your teeth. People who brush but skip flossing can end up missing up to 30% of their tooth surfaces. A  toothbrush can’t adequately clean in between the teeth. Flossing will remove plaque and food debris caught in the spaces between teeth.

Prevention of gum disease

Flossing at least once a day can go a long way towards preventing fighting and gum disease. Gum disease has been linked to other ailments such as heart disease and diabetes. Patients with gum disease are also more likely to suffer from a stroke. So a good oral hygiene routine, including flossing, can benefit your overall health.

Prevention of cavities

Many patients believe that rinsing with mouthwash is a substitute for flossing. While mouthwashes containing fluoride offer a little added cavity protection, mouthwash can not remove food particles or plaque from between the teeth. If left in between teeth this debris will lead to decay.

Fresher breath

Food particles and plaque left between your teeth create a perfect environment for bacteria to form. This bacteria can lead to halitosis, or bad breath. Floss at least once a day to keep bad breath away!

Newer methods of interdental cleaning include water flossers and oral irrigators.  These devices work by using a gentle stream of water to remove plaque and food debris between teeth as well as below the gum line. While these devices may have benefits, if they are not affordable or convenient to you rest assured that regular string floss will work just fine if used properly. UFor best results, take a piece of floss 15 to 18 inches long, glide it between the teeth, wrap it around each tooth in the shape of a “C,” and polish with an up and down motion.

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