By Dr. Craig Blogin
December 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: flossing   oral hygiene  

While most people know and recognize the importance of brushing their teeth, only about 40% of American adults floss, according to the flossingAmerican Dental Association. With numbers like this, one can only imagine the number of dental issues going on inside of the majority of American adults’ mouths. Learn more about the importance of flossing with Dr. Craig Blogin in Ann Arbor, MI.

Why should I floss? 
Flossing does what brushing cannot and removes plaque and bacteria between the teeth and underneath the gum line. This crucial step in your oral care routine helps eliminate the foundation of tooth decay and gum disease before it starts. Flossing also removes any stray food particles your toothbrush may not have picked up when you brushed.

How do I floss correctly? 
To begin, measure a piece of floss about 18-inches long. Wrap either end of the floss around your two pointer fingers and pull the line taught. Carefully move the floss between each tooth, extending your reach up and under the gums. Remember to floss the back side of your last molar. Move down the floss a bit after each tooth, using a new length for every quarter of your mouth to cut down on the spread of bacteria.

What if my gums bleed when I floss? 
Bleeding gums are an early and obvious sign of the gum disease gingivitis. Many people mistakenly believe that they should discontinue flossing if their gums bleed during or afterward. However, the best way to combat gum disease is with brushing and flossing, meaning that you should actually continue flossing through bleeding or irritated gums. The bleeding should subside after about two weeks of continuous flossing.

Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Ann Arbor, MI 
One of the most important parts of your oral care routine should be seeing your dentist every six months for examinations and professional cleanings. Examinations allow your dentist to catch problems early, while regular cleanings remove any instances of plaque and tartar on your teeth, giving you a fresh start after each visit. Flossing regularly and brushing twice a day between visits will keep your teeth healthy and clean.

For more information on flossing, please contact with Dr. Blogin in Ann Arbor, MI. Call (734) 975-6700 to schedule your dental examination and professional cleaning with Dr. Blogin today!

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