Flossing is part of oral dental hygiene that many people ignore. However, most people are scared of floss because it can lead to gums bleeding.
When it comes to flossing, bleeding gums are not necessarily bad. If your gums bleed often, this can weaken and hasten the plaque build-up. With the use of good toothbrush and proper brushing techniques, plaque can grow and accumulate in hiding areas on your gums and teeth. However, plaque is caused due to the chemical reaction between the carbohydrates and sugars in the foods and drinks we consume (apart from water). The end reaction can produce bacteria-laden film and germ that sticks to your gums or teeth surface. Also, this can be treated using invasive dental treatment measures such as flossing and brushing.
How Flossing Helps Prevent Plaque
Regular brushing of teeth is not enough to protect your gums and teeth from plaque build-up. There are some hiding areas in your mouth (such as the space between your teeth and gap along your gum line) that can’t be accessed using a toothbrush. If these areas are not cleaned every day, the plaque can lead to possible dental problems such as tartar or loss of teeth.
However, flossing will help you to clean the food particles in those hiding areas that have been damaged by plaque. Just like tooth brushing is important in cleaning your gums and teeth without causing damage, so is proper flossing help to get rid of plaque by preventing gums irritation and unintentional harm.
Dentists like Dr. Aerni usually advise their patients to floss at least one per day. Also, proper flossing involves the movement of floss back and front along the shape of each tooth below the gum line. To save energy and time in this process, it is good to force the floss in between your middle teeth rather than going along the perimeter of each tooth.
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Periodontal infections affect the teeth structures which include the alveolar bone, gums, the periodontal ligament, and the cementum covering the root. At the early stage of periodontal disease, the infection affects the gums called Gingivitis. Also, in the severe form of the disease involve all supporting tissues. The bacteria cause the major outbreak in the tooth. Due to this, periodontal diseases affect more than 40% of the population across the globe. In the past, the gum disease has been linked to other health problems. Recent studies show that the connection exists between gum infection and other dental issues, but some researchers are required to confirm these findings
However, periodontal disease has been linked to another disease such as obesity.
According to the study carried out at the New York Medical College, Medical researchers claimed that bacteria worsened the functionality of fat tissues, which has increased the rate of obesity. The researchers also found that an extract found in the kava plant (kavain) has the potential of treating the chronic inflammation in obese patients. Oral hygiene is not the only factor in obesity, but the combination of oral treatment and anti-inflammatory properties in kavain can reduce the health problems related to obesity.
Some of the basics of oral hygiene include:
- Brushing of teeth twice per day.
- Make use of a suitable brush. Store in a proper place and keep it clean.
- When brushing, practice appropriate technique.
- Make sure you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months or earlier if the bristles become frayed or irregular.
- When flossing, do not skim.
- Be calm and gentle during flossing.
- Take a tooth at a time.
If you find it difficult to make use of the floss, you can use an interdental cleaner like pre-threaded flosser, dental pick, a water flosser, or a silicon or wooden plaque remover and tiny brushes that reach between teeth.
In conclusion, it is worth mentioning that periodontal disease can be preventable and if proper measures are taken you can reduce the risk of severe health conditions linked to periodontal disease and obesity.
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