Myths and Facts About Flossing

We’ve all been told to brush and floss every day. Some might argue that brushing your teeth is enough, but it’s not. There are a lot of myths about flossing that are unfounded and can lead to poor oral hygiene among patients. Our team at Brightwork Family Dentistry is here to debunk some of these myths and get you on the right path towards improved oral health. 

Myth #1: Flossing is only meant to remove particles of food

While yes, flossing helps remove large food particles stuck between your teeth after eating a meal, flossing does much more. 

Fact: Flossing your teeth is important to remove dental plaque bacteria that form between your teeth. If plaque is left to sit, it can lead to redness and swelling of your gums in what is known as gingivitis

Myth #2: You can’t floss because your teeth are very tight

Irregular spacing between your teeth can present challenges while you try to floss. This is a common problem many patients like you face. If this is the case, it is even more important that you keep your teeth clean from dangerous bacteria. 

Fact: Even with tight teeth, you can still floss. Change your flossing technique to get to those hard to reach areas. Wax floss is especially helpful to get between tight spots between your teeth. There are even floss holders that are proven to be very helpful to patients who struggle to floss in tight spots. 

Myth #3: You shouldn’t floss when your gums start bleeding

Seeing blood when you floss or brush your teeth is certainly alarming, but it doesn’t mean you should stop flossing. 

Fact: Sometimes your gums bleed if you floss too hard, so try a gentler approach and see if you continue bleeding. If you do experience bleeding frequently when you floss, this is a telltale sign that you have gum disease. Your gums will normally appear swollen and inflamed. If this happens to you, then it’s time to call Dr. Benjamin Crowley at our office for an appointment. 

Myth #4: Flossing worsens receding gums

Fact: Flossing typically doesn’t worsen receding gums. If you experience receding gums, it’s important to floss to prevent bacteria and plaque from forming pockets beneath the gumline. Not flossing can worsen your condition and lead to advanced stages of gum disease and tooth loss. If you floss too vigorously it can worsen their receding gums, but a gentler technique will solve the problem. 

Myth #5: Flossing doesn’t work if you have braces

This is a prevalent and damaging myth and one that is all too common. \

Fact: While braces can make flossing more challenging, you shouldn’t stop. You don’t want your orthodontist to remove your braces only to find out you have gum disease. If you find it too challenging to floss your teeth while wearing braces, consult with our team. We can offer advice about what you can do. 

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Benjamin Crowley at Brightwork Family Dentistry, call the office or book online


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