How your family dentist in Garden City, NY, can help you have a healthy smile
Do you floss every day? It’s an important question, and if you answered yes, good for you! You are taking a vital step toward maintaining a healthy smile for life. If you answered no, then you need to get started, because flossing can make the difference in your smile. Dr. Eugene G. Porcelli at Garden City Family Dental in Garden City, NY, can help you have a healthy smile.
Your oral health depends on you flossing every day. That’s because brushing only gets to the surfaces of your teeth, but not in between your teeth. Much of tooth decay, gum disease, and periodontal disease begins between your teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Flossing gets in between each of your teeth to clean away plaque and food debris so you can have a healthy, disease-free mouth.
You need to floss every day to keep your mouth free of plaque. Plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria. if the bacteria are left in place, they produce toxins that begin to destroy the health of your smile. Removing the plaque thoroughly and regularly is the best way to maintain great oral health.
So, what’s the right way to floss? Take a small piece of floss and guide it in between your teeth, using your thumbs and forefingers. Make sure you wrap the floss in a “C” shape around the widest part of your tooth as you go down in between your teeth. The wrapping technique is important because it keeps the floss firmly against the tooth surface for better cleaning.
Flossing is an important part of any oral health routine, but you also need to brush. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after each meal and before you go to bed. Use a gentle circular motion to clean all the surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline. The steady and thorough removal of plaque keeps bacteria levels low, so the bacteria don’t damage your smile.
This has always been important, but even more so now during the COVID-19 crisis, since all offices are closed to routine dental procedures. Your dental health is important, so take care of your oral health by flossing and brushing regularly and once things get back to normal, please call us for your regular check up at (516) 739-1851. In the meantime, to find out more about maintaining the health of your smile, visit our website at GardenCityFamilyDental.com.