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6 Key Benefits of Proper Daily Flossing

Like most healthy habits, flossing is something that most of us know we need to do but often struggle to keep up with. While it may not seem necessary in the short term, the effects of skipping the floss will eventually manifest — most commonly in the form of bleeding gums and inflammation, commonly caused by the first stage of gum disease known as gingivitis.

The good thing about flossing is that it’s never too late to start. The sooner you get into the habit of flossing daily, the quicker you’ll see improvements in your oral health. At the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry, our prosthodontist Dr. Ramin Mahallati and our dental team offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services at our office in Beverly Hills, California.

6 benefits of proper daily flossing

Here are six benefits of flossing every day:

1. Lower your risk of gum disease

Flossing every day and visiting our office for regular dental exams and cleanings (once every six months for most people) is the best thing you can do to protect your teeth and gums, especially as you age. 

2. Spend less time (and money) at the dentist

Flossing is one of the best forms of prevention. Treating tooth decay and gum disease can get expensive and invasive over time, making flossing relatively pleasant by comparison.

3. Fresher and cleaner breath

Brushing alone will only go so far. Flossing helps to eliminate the bacteria that lead to plaque and tartar buildup, causing bad breath.

4. Less risk of health complications

The bacteria that cause gum disease may also contribute to an inflammatory response in the rest of the body. Studies are ongoing to determine whether poor oral health is linked to conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

5. Whiter teeth

Plaque and tartar buildup can damage tooth enamel, making them more vulnerable to stains and discoloration.

6. Fewer cavities

Like with gum disease, rigorous oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, is the best thing you can do to prevent cavities.

Tips for how to floss properly for the best results

Like any healthy habit, the most essential tip for flossing is to do it every day. Although it’s commonly viewed as a nightly activity before bed, the truth is that it really doesn’t matter what time of day you floss as long as you’re consistent and do it every day.

If you struggle to remember to floss at night or are too tired at the end of the day, try flossing in the morning or after lunch if it’s more convenient.

There are many types of floss, and you’ll find one that works best for you. Just be sure to choose a style and brand with the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval.

Pull the floss taut and wrap it around whichever fingers feel most comfortable for you. Make sure to cover both sides of each tooth, and bring the floss up to the gumline for a thorough clean.

Remember to keep it simple and consistent — your technique will improve over time if you stick with it.

For more information about how to floss correctly and other steps you can take to reduce your risk of gum disease, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mhallati at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry in Beverly Hills.

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