Are You Flossing like you Should?
Did you know that skipping flossing, even once in a while can cause gum disease? According to Paul Shinto DDS and Associates, flossing is a must and something that should become a habit at least once a day.
Why Flossing Matters
According to Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Bert Funatsu, Dr. Bryce T. Kato and Dr. Matthew Hunter Shinto, the bristles of your toothbrush are only going to reach two thirds of your teeth. Moreover, brushes aren’t able to get between teeth or under the gum line either.
Under your gum line and in between teeth is where food debris and plaque buildup. Flossing every day helps prevent bacteria and plaque accumulation. If left to its own devices that plaque will convert to tartar and it won’t take very long.
In fact plaque starts converting to tartar or calculus the minute you stop taking care of your teeth and gums.
In addition to preventing plaque and tartar buildup, daily flossing also helps stop tooth decay, periodontal disease and chronic bad breath.
Flossing daily is vital, but making sure you are doing it the right way is also imperative as flossing between and pulling out just doesn’t get the job done.
Your dentist in Pasadena recommends moving the floss in a c shape around each tooth before sweeping it up and down.
Make sure to include under your gum line to remove any plaque that has begun to build up. Be diligent and go both directions on every tooth.
Make sure you are thorough but gentle as flossing your teeth shouldn’t be painful. If flossing is difficult talk to Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Bert Funatsu, Dr. Bryce T. Kato and Dr. Matthew Hunter Shinto about floss picks or water flossers. All of these tools are an excellent way to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
When to Floss
According to Paul Shinto DDS and Associates there are a couple of schools of thought when it comes to flossing.
While it may seem a bit of a surprise, a recent study has shown that flossing before brushing, using fluoride toothpaste, is more successful when it comes to removing plaque.
With that being said talk to your dentist as Dr. Paul Shinto, Dr. Bert Funatsu, Dr. Bryce T. Kato and Dr. Matthew Hunter Shinto have the experience and education to help guide you when it comes to your oral hygiene habits.
For more information regarding flossing, keeping your teeth clean or any other dental care solution, schedule an appointment with Paul Shinto DDS and Associates today.