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The Benefits and Purpose of Flossing Regularly

The Core Problem: Americans Aren’t Flossing 

According to a study from the Cable News Network, nearly 1 in every 3 adult Americans do not floss their teeth regularly or properly. The National Health and Nutrition Survey also reports that 37% of Americans floss less than once per week. From these, 30% reported that they floss at least once every day of the week. But most shockingly, a staggering 33% of the same population reported that they do to not floss at all. Whether these numbers seem shocking to you or not, these numbers clearly show a lack of understanding for dental health within Americans.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention made an announcement that there is a clearly indicated need for more awareness amongst Americans on the benefits of flossing. During an interview with CNN, Dr. Duong Nguyen said, “Repetition is the key to mastering, if you hear it more and hear it from different places, maybe it will stick a little more.”

Because we realize that it all starts with a little more education on the subject, Whitney Ranch Dental wants to spread awareness on the importance of flossing while also providing the readers with key information on how to protect your smile with daily routines and techniques on flossing.

How to Floss Your Teeth

Most importantly, flossing needs to be done daily. When you don’t floss your teeth daily, you allow plaque and food particles to build up between your teeth where toothbrushes can’t reach. Keep reading to learn more on the dangers of not flossing at least once every day.

Here are some step-by-step techniques to guide you on flossing the most effectively:

  • If you are using traditional floss over a dental floss pick, start by getting about 18 inches of floss, winding most of it around each of your middle fingers leaving an inch or two of floss to work with.
  • If you are using a dental floss pick, simply get a single pick and you are ready to go. This makes preparing to floss much easier—and as an added bonus, the end of the floss acts as a plastic toothpick to remove larger chunks of food particles that can be caught in the gums.
  • Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it gently between the teeth and comfortably move it up-and-down.
  • Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth making sure you go beneath the gum line. Never apply too much force to the floss because you can end up cutting into your gum or snapping the floss, both of which can result in damaging or bruising delicate gum tissue.
  • With traditional floss, work your way up by cleaning sections of the floss after flossing sets of teeth. This will prevent you from accidentally leaving behind food matter or plaque that you removed initially. With dental floss picks, change out your pick after every few set of teeth to make sure the floss stays clean during the flossing process.
  • To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion you used to bring the floss between the teeth to bring the floss up and away from the teeth. This will safely remove the floss without leaving any particles behind.
  • Once you are finished dispose of the floss and don’t reuse it. A used piece of floss won’t be as effective as fresh floss and could leave bacteria behind in your mouth.

 

The Dangers of Irregular Flossing

At Whitney Ranch Dental, we want to underline just how important it is to floss on a daily basis. We want our patients to understand that without regular flossing their smile may be in danger from rapid plaque buildup between the teeth. The plaque then hardens overtime and turns to tartar, which can’t be removed by toothpaste. Subsequently, the tartar eats away at the teeth and gums causing the teeth to fall out. Depending on a patient’s age, a lack of flossing can lead to a number of different dental emergencies.

If daily flossing is a challenge for you, remember that it only takes less than 5 minutes of your day to protect your teeth and ultimately save yourself from an expensive trip to the dentist. If you need some motivation in remembering, here are some quick and easy tips:

  • Give yourself a variety! Try branching out from standard floss and try using favored flosses, water picks, disposable picks, and floss picks.
  • You don’t always need to floss right after you brush your teeth. If you are in a rush try keeping a packet of floss handy on you in a convenient place, such as your car, purse, desk, or backpack. Flossing only takes about 5 minutes so you can try to squeeze it in before a meeting or during your free time.
  • Set a reminder on your smartphone or smart watch that reminds you to floss. This can help make flossing become a part of your daily routine overtime.

Whitney Ranch, a Henderson General Dentist

To learn more about how to properly care for your teeth, contact Whitney Ranch Dental today in Henderson, NV. Our trained dentists will give you key information about what types of oral care products will be most effective for you. They will help you look for products that contain the quality Seal of Acceptances so you know they have been evaluated for safety and effectiveness.

For more information now, call our practice today at (702) 233-2787 or book an appointment with one of your dental professionals via our appointment booking page.


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Best Tips for Brushing Your Teeth

We get that brushing your teeth may not be the most exciting part of your day, but brushing your teeth at least twice a day is a vital part of oral hygiene and maintaining a healthy, white smile. At Whitney Ranch Dental our dentists want to help you with proper brushing techniques so your daily brushing routine is effective in maintaining your oral hygiene.

Applying the Right Amount of Toothpaste

Always make sure to use a fair amount of toothpaste when preparing to brush your teeth. First, run the toothbrush under running water to get the bristles wet. Next, apply just enough toothpaste to have a thin strip over your toothbrush’s bristles. Many people apply too little toothpaste and don’t get full coverage for their teeth. Others will use too much and overwhelm the teeth and gums by stripping the enamel from their teeth. A fair amount of toothpaste will be beneficial to each tooth and gums as a whole.

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Using the Right Toothbrush

For daily brushing, be sure to use a toothbrush that has soft to medium textured bristles. A toothbrush that has bristles that are too hard may cause damage to the enamel and may cause gum recession. A soft or medium feeling toothbrush will ensure that proper care is given to your teeth.

Pressure and Movement

Two of the most important things when brushing your teeth include the applied pressure and the movements used. You want to apply a moderate amount of pressure while moving the brush in a sweeping motion from the area where the gum meets the tooth down (for upper teeth), and up from the where the gum meets the tooth for lower teeth. Too much pressure can strip the enamel, and too little won’t clean your gums thoroughly. Using the correct movements and angles also allows the bristles to target the correct spots on your teeth and gums providing you with a full-coverage cleaning.

Conclusion 

Brushing your teeth should be a part of everyone’s life, whether it is twice a day or after every meal. Understanding the best ways to brush your teeth will ensure that good oral hygiene is maintained.

If you’d like to know more tips about brushing your teeth or learn why brushing is so important, Whitney Ranch Dental a local Henderson general dentist office is here to help.

For more dental health information or to set an appointment, call our office today at (702) 233-2787 or visit our appointment page.


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Healthy Teeth Whitening Tips

Everyone wants a beautiful, white smile, but it can be hard to keep your white with all of the food and drinks we take in daily. Anything from tea, soda, wine and just aging can cause tooth discoloration. When trying to counteract the effects of discolored teeth, teeth whitening is one of the easier options available.

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The Best Methods for Keeping Your Teeth White

Brush and floss twice a day – Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes not only eliminates plaque and cavity-causing bacteria, brushing and flossing also helps to polish the tooth’s surface, removing stains from the surface and between the teeth.

Quit tobacco – Eliminating tobacco, both smoking and chewing, can naturally improve your smile.

Visit the dentist – Make an appointment for a professional cleaning and examination twice a year to maintain a whiter smile.

Avoiding Bad Habits

Be cautious when researching ways to get healthy white teeth naturally. Not “all-natural”, at-home remedies have been proven to help. For example, baking soda frequently can cause tooth enamel to break down, leading to increased surface sensitivity of the tooth. Untreated tooth erosion can lead to damage of nerves and the need for a root canal treatment.

For more information on methods for keeping your smile white or to schedule a teeth whitening appointment with Whitney Ranch Dental, call us at (702) 233-2787 or visit https://whitneyranchdental.com/#book_apt


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