Dental professionals recommend brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. Nevertheless, there are still some people who choose not to floss for various reasons that are actually myths. Here are some of the most common myths about flossing:
Myth #1: Flossing is only necessary if you have food stuck in your teeth
Only a portion of a tooth’s surface is cleaned by brushing alone so that bacteria in between teeth won’t be removed. Although you may not see or feel something stuck between your teeth, plaque still builds up between your teeth and can only be removed by flossing to prevent issues like cavities and gum disease.
Myth #2: Mouthwash is an alternative to flossing
Similar to brushing, mouthwash doesn’t remove plaque between your teeth. Although mouthwash can be an effective addition to your oral health care routine, it is not an alternative to flossing.
Myth #3: You can’t floss because you have braces
It may be more difficult to floss with braces, but it is still important. The gums are more likely to become inflamed when you have braces; flossing can keep them clean while you undergo orthodontic treatment.
Myth #4: Your children are too young to floss
A child can start flossing at any age. In fact, the earlier they start, the more likely they are to develop and maintain good oral hygiene habits into adulthood. It may be difficult for them to floss on their own, so encourage them and help them along the way. If your child is younger than ten years old, you can do it for them.
Myth #5: You should stop flossing when the gums bleed
Bleeding gums usually mean you need to floss more frequently. The bleeding may be caused by you not flossing your teeth regularly. Flossing reduces gum bleeding to a great extent. If your gums bleed constantly, it could indicate gingivitis or gum disease. In that case, talk to your dentist immediately to prevent further complications.
If you live in the Greater Toronto Area and have questions regarding your oral health, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 416-321-3268. We are located on Markham Road and we welcome walk-ins.
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