Flossing your teeth helps maintain good oral health. You don't want to lose teeth to gum disease or tooth decay, is it's crucial that you clean your mouth properly.
While flossing is essential in ensuring your teeth are in tiptop condition, if you do it the wrong way, it may be damaging to your teeth and gums.
Improper Flossing Causes HarmIf you floss too much, it could cause the gums to start bleeding. How often you're flossing your teeth can bring problems. Serious damage of the gums may occur if you are flossing several times a day. Also, if you vigorously floss or apply excess pressure on your gums, it may make them painful and bleeding.
Improper flossing means that you are doing it the wrong way. Sometimes, people may use a saw-like motion when flossing their teeth. If this happens, it can lead to wearing of the enamel. In extreme cases, it may result in serious problems like periodontal bone loss. Improper flossing may loosen your teeth and cause them to fall out.
How Do You Floss Properly?Bacteria colonies residing in your mouth and which are caused by plaque will take about 24 hours before they form completely, so if you floss multiple times in a day, it may not offer any real benefits. Unless there is something stuck between your teeth that may only be removed by flossing, you may want to just floss once in a day. When flossing, stop making the saw-like motion to prevent damage to the enamel.
You can dislodge plaque and food particle by using up and down motions as you floss. Ensure the triangular areas near the gums are cleaned adequately. Keep the pressure against the teeth and not the gums to prevent injuring the soft gum tissue. Remember the aim of flossing is to scrub the dental plaque that may be forming on the tooth's surface.
If after flossing at least once a day and in the proper way, you're still experiencing bleeding gums, you may want to have a dental checkup. We can help you with your dental problems and oral care.
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