Do you know anyone who has made it a practice to floss every day after brushing and say that it is their favorite habit? It is possible that the answer is no. This is because if brushing has been established as a dental routine ever since we were kids, flossing is a different practice. You can just view more about this topic to make sure that your kids would be trained early on about the importance of flossing. Not only were we normally brought up thinking that brushing alone can be enough to combat tooth decay, but we also have heard so many bad perceptions and misconceptions about flossing that we set this healthy habit aside. Complaints like tooth pain after flossing, loosening teeth, and causing gum disease and sensitivity are just some of the things associated with flossing. Let us now discover why flossing is really important for our dental health, as well as set the record straight on the different complaints that become people’s excuses as to why they set aside flossing.
Why is flossing important?
We all know that brushing removes the food particles and debris that are on the surface of our teeth, gums, and tongue, but what about those hard-to-reach edges and closed, narrow spaces in between teeth? People with overcrowded and crooked teeth can definitely relate to this scenario where bits of food get stuck in between teeth even after brushing. This is where flossing is important. This dental routine makes sure that this debris is spooned out of the teeth spaces to ensure that plaque and tartar build-up could be prevented.
Why do people tend to forego flossing?
There are many reasons why people neglect to floss daily, even if it is advised by their trusted dentists.
People think they would have tooth pain after flossing
This is linked to the other excuses people make so they can justify why they are not flossing (which will be mentioned later), but people think that flossing would cause tooth pain because when they first tried doing it, or when their dentist did it for them, their gums must have bled a little. They may have felt a sting because of the gum irritation caused by it, but is it really the flossing in general that should be blamed, or should it be the person who did the flossing? You see, the correct way to floss would involve the right kind of floss to use, the correct handling of the floss, the right stroke, and the appropriate amount of floss to use. There are some ways to counter gum and tooth pain after flossing, but once you know all the right things to do, tooth pain after flossing would not be mentioned any longer.
People think they will develop gum disease because of flossing
As mentioned earlier, bleeding after flossing is expected, mainly because most people do not know how to floss correctly. This makes it difficult for a person to use a string of floss and make sure that the dental strand would effectively remove or dislodge the food stuck in between the teeth without hurting the gums. It also is believed that the bacteria found in the food debris can easily enter the body through the wound or lesion that flossing caused. To know how to correctly perform flossing, experts advise that you would have to use a long strand of floss, wrap it around both middle fingers, and gently rub the strand in between the spaces of your teeth using a scooping ‘letter C’ motion when you reach the point near the gums. If done correctly, flossing can be more beneficial than it is risky, as believed by others.
People think flossing caused their teeth to be loose and sensitive
Because most people do not know how to correctly floss their teeth, many think and presume that if you apply additional force in cleaning your teeth that it would loosen and make your teeth sensitive. This is a myth that needs to be clarified. The truth is, a person may already have sensitive teeth in the first place because their teeth are damaged due to the absence of dental flossing in their daily routine. So if they begin to add this important dental habit, they may blame flossing in the sensitivity or pain they feel when they consume food and drinks with extreme temperatures. Moreover, aggressive flossing because people are in a rush or because they are overzealous about cleaning their teeth may cause more problems than loosening their teeth. They can also, as mentioned earlier, hurt their gums and make the bacteria enter their bodies easier through their bloodstream.