The #1 question your hygienist and/or dental professional tends to ask is: “are you flossing regularly?”. Our New Westminster Dentists don’t simply ask this question to make conversation, rather they ask because of the important and imperative nature of flossing in keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

A lot of patients answer honestly, and that answer is not always yes. Somehow flossing is low on the priority list in our oral care routine, when it should be equally as important as brushing your teeth.

Understandably it is a more tedious task to floss your teeth, getting into each groove and crevice, and even potentially having to lace the floss through if you wear braces. But ignoring this step in your oral hygiene routine, could contribute significantly to tooth decay and gum disease.

Floss is what’s known as an interdentally cleaner, cleaning in-between tight spaces and under the soft gum tissue at the base of the teeth. Even though we might feel as though our electric toothbrush is doing all the extra work for us, it is not capable of getting into tight spaces like these.

An added support to keeping your mouth, teeth, and gums clear of bacteria, is by using an antimicrobial mouthwash. It aids in destroying the bacteria that forms plaque …but keep in mind it will not remove the stubborn tartar and bits of food that can lodge in places that floss will remove.

A healthy mouth does not only mean less risk for decay and a nice white smile, is also lends itself to overall health of the body. Studies now show that, a healthy oral care routine can help prevent serious diseases.

Convinced of the importance of flossing yet? We have more!

Flossing before you brush, can actually help make brushing more effective. Without plaque and debris caught between your teeth, the fluoride in toothpaste can get into those spaces and further assist you in your healthy teeth and gums quest, as well as benefit from the antimicrobial mouthwash.

We mentioned in our last blog post about gum recession. Flossing helps to keep your gums healthy and strong …which helps to prevent gum disease …which helps to prevent gum recession. And as we pointed out – once gum recession begins, bone loss is sure to follow suit.

So call or stop by to see our New Westminster dentists today for your next dental checkup and cleaning …they are there to help keep you healthy and smiling!

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