Why is Flossing Important?

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To understand why flossing is important, you will need to know what flossing is. Flossing, as we know it, became a “thing” over 200 whole years ago. Can you believe that?! In 1815, an American dentist proposed the idea using wax silk thread to “floss” between teeth. 

The importance of the activity came from an inherent understanding that our teeth are usually stacked in our mouths, tightly lined up, side by side. As we eat and chew, especially course or tough foods, the particles can have a tendency to get wedged between our tightly configured teeth. A regular brushing technique wouldn’t be enough to unwedge something that stuck.

Often, you may not even realize you have food in between your teeth but this doesn’t mean it’s not there. And if left, can quickly turn into a cavity as the foods break down and rot right there the teeth.

Back to the question, “Why is flossing important?” It’s important because it complements brushing in a way brushing alone, cannot do. Flossing is a threadlike string that can slip between the teeth and very importantly below the gumline in this pocket at the base of every tooth, front, sides, and back, where food particle can lay dormant. When those pockets are not periodically cleaned out with flossing and routine teeth cleanings, you are more susceptible to gum disease, cavities, bad breath, and a whole host of other issues. 

At your next teeth cleaning, we can show you just exactly how to angle the floss around each tooth so you can be sure to scrape away the plaque and enjoy a clean, healthy mouth. Flossing is something you want to try to do at least 2x each day as well, and even better if you can get a quick round in after each meal to ensure nothing gets to hang out any longer than it has to.

Flossing can be uncomfortable if you’re just getting started and maybe haven’t had the best record of keeping up with it. Your gums may even surprise you and flare up for a pass or two of flossing. Once your mouth and gums get used to the activity, you’ll find your gums will calm down and grow accustomed to the treatment. 

Thorough consultations and peace of mind are things you can expect as standard around here at Wilmette Dental. With Marquette graduates Dr. Robert Madrigal and Dr. Tom Moscinski who grew up Glenview and neighboring Batavia, our doctors have a passion for the people in the community. It’s because we care deeply, right down to the root.

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