Let’s talk about floss

It’s time to have a heart-to-heart about flossing. We know you may not like it – “it takes time, it hurts and sometimes makes my gums bleed!” you may tell yourself. But today, we’ll explain why proper flossing won’t make your gums bleed and will actually save you more time in the long run!

When should I floss?

You should floss at least once a day, at minimum. You can floss after you brush your teeth at night, in the morning – or any time of day, really, that you can spare two minutes of time. Like exercising, the most important part about keeping up your flossing routine is simply doing it.

Will it hurt?

If you floss correctly and frequently enough, flossing won’t hurt you. But it may hurt when you first start getting into the swing of things – usually a week or two. After then, you shouldn’t see any bleeding or feel any major discomfort when you floss.

If you do experience continued bleeding or pain when flossing after two weeks, it may be time that you come in a see us – this could be a sign of gum disease or other dental ailment that you should get checked out.

How does flossing save me time?

Flossing daily will save you time in the dentist’s chair getting your teeth filled, repaired or even replaced. This is because flossing is the most effective way to remove plaque and food from between your teeth. If the spaces between your teeth are not cleaned out regularly, this can cause you to develop tooth decay or gum disease. These can lead to procedures such as root canals, fillings, implants and many more.

So, why not save time – and money – but taking up flossing as part of your daily dental routine? For tips on flossing correctly, ask us at your next appointment. Visit our website at HealthySmile.com, or call us at (708) 460-3040 today to set one up!