Flossing your teeth should be a part of your daily oral care routine. Flossing removes food and plaque particles that are trapped in between teeth. These areas cannot be reached by brushing alone. Brushing without flossing is only doing part of the job. Flossing also helps maintain the health of your gums. If you ever wonder why your gums bleed when you floss it is because they are trying to tell you something – they are inflamed and unhealthy. Healthy gums are a pink colour and don’t bleed when you floss and brush.

Plaque that is left in the mouth for longer periods of time can calcify and form a hard substance known as calculus or tartar. This material can be discoloured and usually can only be removed during a professional cleaning appointment where it must be scraped off with metal instruments. Why not prevent this from happening in the first place with regular brushing and flossing!

For an illustrated description of how to correctly floss and brush, check out the CDA’s website:
http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care/flossing_brushing.asp

 

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