Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Debunking Flossing Myths

Tooth Flossing Myths

When it comes to dental hygiene and general dentistry, there are a number of myths that dental professionals have to debunk every day. Though we are never really sure where or how these myths come to be, we want to inform everyone with the right information so that you know everything there is to know about the right way to take care of your teeth. 

This ensures that your oral hygiene stays at its best for as long as possible, shiny white smile and all. To learn more about myths about flossing, in specific, be sure to check out the info we here at Weston Dental Office have to offer below. 

I Only Need to Floss When I’ve Got Stuff Stuck in My Teeth 

While flossing your teeth is a great way to get rid of debris that is stuck inside of your teeth, that is nowhere near the only time you should floss. If you talk to any dental professional, you’ll know that it is crucial that you floss everyday regardless of whether or not food is stuck in your teeth. When you don’t floss everyday, the food and plaque gets stuck on your teeth and begins to slowly rot away at your enamel. This can lead to a number of oral health issues such as inflamed gums, gum disease and in serious cases, even tooth loss.  

Flossing is Complicated 

When you are dealing with teeth that are closer together than normal, it can be a bit of a struggle to floss. Even so, this does not mean that flossing is complicated and should be avoided all together. Since everyone’s mouth and teeth are different, there are a wide variety of different flossing materials and types currently available on the market. If plain wax floss doesn’t seem to be working and fine floss isn’t enough to get into those small areas, try using the single use floss holders. These pieces of plastic can help those who struggle with flossing and make the process much easier.  

Flossing Can Cause Fillings to Come Out 

A lot of people who have fillings worry that floss will pull them out. If your fillings are in good condition, there is no reason to believe that this will happen. A filling that is already loose or fractured always has the possibility of falling out, and that includes flossing, but those are often considered unlikely circumstances. Those fillings would also need to be replaced regardless, so in a way flossing can actually help signify issues with your fillings. 

There are many ways to maneuver your floss without getting the string caught on your fillings. If you avoid flossing because you are worried your fillings will fall out, you’ll likely be in more trouble as you’re at higher chance to require more fillings if you do not floss! 

If My Gums Bleed, I Should Stop Flossing 

When you see blood while flossing, it can be quite the scare. Our team at Weston Dental Office understands, but agrees that it’s usually nothing to worry about as this is almost always normal! When it comes down to it, a little blood is not enough reason to stop flossing altogether.  

Even though bleeding while flossing is common for those with healthy teeth, it can be a sign of an underlying issue if it happens more and more often. In some cases, it can be due to the fact that you are flossing too harshly and in other situations, it could be a potential sign of gum disease if you notice bleeding with other signs such as inflamed gums. It is also important to note that those with gum disease won’t just bleed a little during or after flossing — they will often bleed a lot.  

Let Our Clinic Help 

If you have found that your teeth are bleeding more than normal when you floss, you need help with flossing, or you’re just in need of a dental cleaning in Toronto, our team at Weston Dental Office can help! When push comes to shove, our team works hard to provide our patients with only the most professional, safe & high quality dental care there is. To learn more about what we can do for your teeth and dental health, be sure to call us at 416-247-1928 today! 

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