Can Flossing Remove Tartar? Each time a patients comes into our office to have a professional dental cleaning, we teach them the proper way to floss and the importance of flossing to remove and prevent tartar buildup. Some of them do listen to us while others will simply let our advice travel to one ear and out the other.
Flossing plays an important part in preventing and removing tartar from your teeth. Unfortunately, for some patients, they have a problem with it. Because there’s no instant gratification associated with it, they think that it does nothing to their oral health.
However, flossing helps in removing those sticky bacteria and plaque from your teeth. When the plaque won’t be eradicated, it can generate acid that may lead cavities. And we do all know that cavities can cause gum irritation and gum disease.
What Happens If You Don’t Floss?
When you examine your tooth closely, you’ll find that it has five surfaces. Thus, if you don’t floss, you leave two surfaces unclean. Flossing is the only method that you can do to get in between your teeth to finally remove the bacteria sticking.
Gum disease may also arise as a result of not flossing every day. If you don’t remove the bacteria in between your teeth, they may ruin your gums and cause gum disease. And this disease is known to ruin aesthetics of your smile. Gum disease can eat away, not just your teeth, but also your gums.
Furthermore, gum disease can attack that part of your bones supporting the teeth.
Those who floss every day are more likely to look better as they age as they are able to preserve that bone.
What Floss to Use?
There are different types of floss. But most of the ones available on the market are made of Teflon and nylon. Each of them is effective.
If you have gum recession, it’s best to choose a dental tape. A thin floss is ideal for those teeth that are close together.
For those who are wearing braces, we recommend a floss threader or a defter touch.
But it doesn’t really matter what brand of floss you will use. The only thing that matters is that you will use it to floss your teeth daily or at least after every meal. We usually tell our patients to use any brand of floss as long as they floss. That’s all that matters.
A Little Blood on The Floss
If it’s your first time to floss, it’s normal to see a little blood on the floss. The blood means that your gums are inflamed causing plaque build-up. It also means that you have to clean it right away. But don’t let that blood deter you. Continue flossing to remove the tartar.
However, if bleeding persists after a few days, it’s best to consult your dentist. This could be a sign that you’re suffering from a gum or periodontal disease.
To know more about how to floss properly and treat your periodontal disease, call Kane & Kerper Family & Cosmetic Dentistry office today.