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4 Reasons Your Kelowna Dental Centre Recommends Flossing


It’s 7 a.m. and you’re still bleary-eyed from sleep. The coffee pot is calling, but you first need to give your teeth a quick brush to freshen up your mouth. But what about flossing? According to the experts at your Kelowna dental centre, budgeting an extra minute or two for interdental cleaning is time well spent.

We get it—flossing isn’t exactly fun for some people. It’s sometimes fiddly to get the floss around your fingers and into your mouth, and if you’re not careful you can cause your gums to bleed. Thankfully, the more you do it the more proficient you become. Eventually, it just becomes second nature and a part of your daily routine.

That’s a good thing because there are a number of reasons why flossing between your teeth is just as important as brushing.

1. Brushing can only clean so much

Your teeth basically have five surfaces:

  • Front
  • Back
  • Top
  • Sides (two of them)
Only three of these facets can be reached with a toothbrush (front, back and top) because the sides are blocked by adjacent teeth. That means brushing alone can’t perform the necessary cleansing to achieve optimum oral hygiene.

By incorporating flossing or interdental brushing into your mouth care routine will help you reach the places a toothbrush can’t, ensuring your teeth and gums get the full attention they deserve.

2. Helps prevent bad breath

One of the main causes of bad breath (aka halitosis) is the presence of bacteria below the gumline. While effective brushing can help clean up those areas in front of and behind your teeth, you need to floss to take care of the gum tissue between your teeth.

Hint: Brushing your tongue will also help minimize the occurrence of bad breath.

To learn more about the causes of bad breath, read our post: Why Do I Have Bad Breath? Your Kelowna Dentists Explain.

3. Reduces the potential for cavities

You know those little bits of food that get stuck between your teeth? The ones you pry at with your tongue or a toothpick, but can never quite dislodge. Well, those little leftover morsels are a smorgasbord for the bacteria that reside in your mouth. As they feed on those tidbits and multiply, they produce more and more acidic compounds that can lead to number of problems:

  • Tooth decay
  • Plaque buildup
  • Gingivitis
  • Gum disease

By flossing regularly (at least once a day), you’ll keep those tight spaces between your teeth free of debris.

4. Avoid unnecessary visits to your Kelowna dental centre

As much as we appreciate your patronage, we understand that trips to the dentists aren’t always high on peoples’ priority lists. By maintaining a high standard of oral hygiene, there’s a better chance you’ll only have to visit us for your biannual checkup.

Not only does this save you money, it’ll reduce the need for more invasive procedures to correct more serious issues that could have been avoided.

Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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