Do you think that you are doing a good job of flossing each day? Even if you don't, do you think that you can tell us that you floss daily without giving away your fib?
Regardless of how often you actually floss, if you notice any of these signs, you may need to adjust your technique.
Red, Bleeding Gums
Some people see bleeding gums as a sign that they are brushing too hard or that they need to avoid flossing. Nothing could be further from the truth. This means that you need to floss better and more often.
When you don't floss enough, we will be able to tell. Your gums will bleed when we run the floss between the teeth, and you should notice it at home, too. Red and swollen gums are other signs that you aren't flossing enough.
If you suffer from chronic bad breath – otherwise known as halitosis – poor flossing and oral hygiene may be to blame. When bacteria accumulate between the teeth and gums, it can lead to bad breath. Unfortunately, brushing and using mouthwash alone won't rid your mouth of this bacteria. Proper flossing technique is needed to clean out these hard-to-reach spaces.
StainsAnother sign that may indicate poor flossing habits is stained teeth. If you don't floss, plaque will build up and harden into tartar. This can cause your teeth to stain. Rather than spending a lot of money to whiten your teeth, you could prevent these issues by investing in some floss and making a better effort to use it at least once per day.
Flossing is a crucial part of good oral hygiene, but it is only one aspect. You will also need to visit our office every six months for dental checkups in order to maintain optimal oral health. Call us today to set up your next cleaning.