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Why it is So Important to Floss Before Dental Treatment

We all know how important brushing is for our dental health, but many of us overlook flossing. Flossing is a technique, which involves using ultra-fine dental tape to clean the areas of the mouth that are missed when brushing.

Flossing before dental treatment

If you’re due to undergo dental treatment, we recommended brushing and flossing in advance. This will help to clean the mouth and remove potentially harmful bacteria. Flossing dislodges food debris and bacteria from the gum line and the cracks between the teeth and it can help to provide a deeper clean before treatment.

The benefits of flossing

Flossing is designed to be used in addition to twice-daily brushing as part of an effective oral hygiene routine. Flossing is beneficial for your dental health because it targets parts of the mouth that are tricky to reach with a brush, including the gaps between the teeth and the gum line. The more bacteria and debris you remove, the lower the risk of plaque developing. Plaque is a sticky film, which clings to the surfaces of the teeth and the gums. It is made from bacteria, bits of food and saliva, and it is the most potent risk factor for decay and gum disease. Flossing can help to prevent oral disease and bad breath and keep your smile looking great.

Flossing tips

If you’ve never flossed before, you may find that it takes a couple of attempts to get the hang of it. Flossing involves passing a length of dental floss through the cracks between the teeth and cleaning along your gum line. Use separate pieces of tape, and don’t tug at the floss, as this can damage the gums. It is normal for the gums to bleed when flossing for the first time, but if bleeding persists, see your dentist. Bleeding gums can be a symptom of gum disease.

Five Reasons To Floss

Be honest. How often do you floss? If you don’t already floss as part of your daily oral hygiene regime, it’s time to make some changes. Here are 5 good reasons why you should start flossing today:

  1. Cleaner, brighter smiles: flossing helps to clean your teeth, so that you can enjoy a brighter, more beautiful smile.
  2. Lower risk of decay: brushing is brilliant, but it can’t target areas that aren’t accessible with the brush head. Flossing cleans these hard to reach zones, giving you a much deeper clean and reducing the risk of decay.
  3. Reduced gum disease risk: it can be difficult to clean along the gum line with your toothbrush. This is where flossing comes in handy. With fine dental tape, you can remove bits of food and eliminate bacteria from the gums, reducing the risk of gum disease. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in British adults, so it’s really important to make sure your daily dental hygiene regime is on point.
  4. Plaque prevention: plaque is a sticky colourless film, which forms when bacteria and food debris combine with saliva. Plaque is the most significant risk factor for decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing help to rid the mouth of food particles and bacteria before they can form plaque.
  5. Fresher breath: most of us want to enjoy clean, fresh breath. Bad breath is a very common problem, which can result from poor oral hygiene. Flossing removes food debris from the mouth, decreasing the risk of bad breath, and ensuring you feel confident when you meet new people or catch up with friends and colleagues.

If you’re new to flossing, and you need any tips or advice, we’ll be happy to help! Call us  our Essex Dentist now or pop in and see us if you’re passing.

The Importance of Flossing

Be honest. How often do you floss your teeth? Many of us are brilliant when it comes to brushing but we neglect to floss. Flossing should be part of your daily oral hygiene routine. If it’s not already, here are some good reasons to start flossing:

Cleaning the gum line and between the cracks: when you clean your teeth, you may do a fantastic job with your brush, but even the most diligent person can’t clean the entire mouth with a toothbrush. There are parts of the mouth that cannot be reached with a brush, including the gum line and the cracks between the teeth. This is where flossing comes in handy. With dental floss, you can clean these areas, dislodging food debris and reducing the risk of plaque formation. Plaque is the main risk factor for decay and gum disease.

Lower risk of dental disease: cleaning your teeth is important for keeping your smile looking wonderful, but it’s also essential for your health. If you don’t clean your mouth properly, there’s a risk of plaque developing. This sticky film is made when bacteria and food debris combine with saliva. Plaque clings to the surfaces of the teeth and the gums, and it can increase the risk of gum disease and cavities. Flossing is an effective way to lower the risk of dental disease and keep your mouth healthy.

Fresh, clean breath: bad breath is a very common problem. In most cases, it is linked to poor oral hygiene, which causes bacteria to gather in different parts of the mouth, most notably at the back of the tongue. These bacteria release gases with an unpleasant odour when they feed. Flossing helps to prevent bad breath and keep the mouth feeling clean and fresh.

If you need any more advice about flossing or you’d like some flossing tips, why not call us or pop in and see us?

Four Ways to Prevent Gum Disease in Essex

Did you know that gum disease is the most common cause of premature tooth loss in UK adults? Gum disease can cause major problems, but the good news is that it can be prevented. If you’re keen to keep your smile shining for as long as possible, here are 4 top tips:

  1. Brushing: brushing is the most effective way of preventing the formation of plaque, the sticky film, which is responsible for irritating the gums and causing soreness and swelling. When you brush, you remove bacteria and bits of food from the mouth, drastically reducing the risk of tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time.
  2. Flossing: brushing is brilliant, but it has limitations because you can’t clean every part of the mouth. Flossing is beneficial because it targets areas that cannot be easily reached with a brush head, for example, the gum line and the cracks between the teeth. Daily flossing can help to prevent plaque development, reducing the risk of cavities and swollen, painful gums.
  3. Dental checks: dentists are trained to spot the early warning signs of gum disease and studies show that regular appointments can help to reduce the risk of gum disease by up to 60 percent. If you haven’t been to the dentist in the last 6-9 months, pick up the phone and book a check-up now!
  4. Checking symptoms: gum disease is a progressive condition, and it’s always best to intervene as early as possible. If you’re aware of the symptoms, this can help to ensure that mild gum disease doesn’t turn into advanced periodontal disease. If you have symptoms like inflammation, redness and pain, or you notice blood when you brush your teeth, call and make an appointment with your dentist. Don’t wait for your next scheduled check-up.

Five Reasons to Floss

You may be an ace at brushing, but do you floss every day? If you don’t here are 5 reasons that may change your mind:

  1. Lower risk of decay: decay is caused by plaque, which forms when bacteria combines with saliva and food debris to form a sticky substance that clings to the teeth and gums. When you brush, you can’t clean everywhere and flossing helps to lower the risk of decay by eliminating more bacteria and bits of food from the mouth.
  2. Cleaner, brighter teeth: you can only do so much with a brush. Flossing helps you to achieve a cleaner, brighter smile, which should help you feel more attractive and confident.
  3. Lower risk of gum disease: plaque is also the most common cause of gum disease. Flossing helps to keep harmful bacteria at bay, keeping your teeth and gums safe.
  4. Lower risk of bad breath: many cases of bad breath are caused by bacteria feeding on leftover bits of food in the mouth. When you brush, it can be hard to remove every trace of food, and this is why flossing is so beneficial. If you floss regularly and you stick to twice-daily brushing, you should find that you have fresh breath all the time.
  5. Achieving a deeper clean: brushing is great for your oral health, but you can’t cover the entire mouth with a toothbrush. Flossing cleans the areas that are missed with a brush, enabling you to enjoy a much deeper clean.

If you have any more questions about flossing or you need advice or flossing tips, we’ll be happy to help! Simply give us a call or bob in and see us if you’re passing by.

Flossing – How To Clean Between Your Teeth

You’ve done a thorough job cleaning and polishing your teeth, but what about the parts of your mouth that you can’t clean with a toothbrush? We strongly recommend daily flossing to clean between the teeth. If you don’t clean your entire mouth, you run the risk of plaque forming, and this can cause decay and gum disease.

The importance of flossing

Flossing is often overlooked because people tend to focus all their energy and time on brushing the teeth. Flossing is actually really important because it enables you to clean between your teeth. You can’t clean the tiny gaps between the teeth with a toothbrush, and if you don’t floss or use inter-dental brushes, this could put you at risk of cavities and swollen gums.

Flossing is a simple technique, which enables you to achieve a deeper clean. Using thin tape called dental floss, you can gently dislodge trapped food and bacteria from the cracks between the teeth. To begin with, you may find that flossing feels a little odd, but you’ll soon get used to it.

When you floss, take a series of short pieces of tape, and gently guide the floss through the gaps between your teeth. Use a new piece of floss for every few teeth you clean. Don’t tug at the floss, as this can cause painful gums.

Is it normal for your gums to bleed when you floss?

You may find that our gums bleed if you’re flossing for the first time or it’s been a while since you last flossed. This is usually nothing to worry about. If bleeding persists or your gums start to bleed even though you floss frequently, see your dentist. Bleeding gums can be symptomatic of gum disease, so it’s best to get them checked out. If you do have early gum disease, the sooner it’s treated, the better.

Flossing – How To Clean Between Your Teeth

Most of us understand the importance of brushing, but flossing tends to get overlooked. If you don’t already floss daily, now is the time to start!

About flossing

Flossing is the practice of using dental floss to clean your mouth. After brushing, you can use floss or dental tape to target areas that you can’t brush, such as the cracks and gaps between your teeth. Flossing is very simple and quick, and it can have a very positive impact on your oral health.

How to floss

Flossing can take a little getting used to, but once you’re a flossing pro, it will become second nature. Firstly, take a piece of dental floss, and then guide it through the gap between your teeth. Repeat this with new pieces of floss until you have cleaned every gap. When you’re flossing, take care not to tug at the tape or be too aggressive. If you pull at the floss, you can hurt your gums.

If you’re having trouble with flossing, your dental hygienist or dentist can help. You could also consider using inter-dental brushes, which are tiny hand-held brushes that are used to clean between the teeth.

Is it normal for the gum to bleed when you brush?

If you’ve never flossed before, you may find that your gums bleed the first couple of times. However, bleeding should not be a common occurrence. If you have bleeding gums and you’ve been flossing for a while, see your dentist. Bleeding can be a sign of gum disease, and it’s best to get symptoms like this checked out. If you do have gum disease, treating it in the early stages is much easier than managing advanced gum disease, and it’ll prevent you from experiencing pain.

Call us today if you have any oral hygiene queries or you need some tips.

Oral Health Advice

Preventing problems arising with the health of your teeth and gums is vital if you don’t want to spend many costly hours getting restorative treatments in the dental chair. By doing a few vital things each day, you can prevent problems occurring later.Many people believe that brushing alone is enough when it comes to effectively cleaning their teeth. Whilst it does remove a large amount of bacteria, it is very easy for plaque to build up between the teeth and a brush can’t always get in to that area. Flossing means that you can quickly and easily remove any plaque from between your teeth and around the gum line. It is best to floss before brushing your teeth so that after flossing any left over bits of plaque can be brushed away.A strange one, but your tongue can carry harmful bacteria on it even if you have cleaned and flossed your teeth. It can then transfer the bacteria to your teeth and gums. There are tongue cleaners, which you can pick up, or you can gently use your regular toothbrush over the top of your tongue when cleaning your teeth. It is a strange sensation initially and it is important to be very gently so that you don’t hurt your tongue.Many of us graze on sweets and chocolate over the course of a day but this is harmful for your oral health. If you eat five sweets over five separate period of time your teeth are being attacked five times with bacteria and sugar which can form plaque. If you eat five sweets in one go your mouth is only being attacked once. If you would like more helpful hints and tips for looking after your oral hygiene, make a hygienist appointment at Advance Dental Clinic today for the healthiest teeth you can have.



What Are The Alternatives If Flossing Isn’t For You?

At Advance Dental Clinic we’re always eager to encourage good oral hygiene habits and stand firmly by the mantra that prevention is better than cure. We highly recommend regular routine check-ups for adults and children and our dental team is always on hand to offer advice about maintaining good oral hygiene at home, choosing healthy foods and making healthy lifestyle choices. In addition to brushing twice daily, we also recommend flossing. Flossing involves using very fine dental tape, called floss, to clean parts of the mouth, which often can’t be reached with a toothbrush. Flossing is good for you because it gives you a more thorough clean and targets areas that are prone to bacteria collection, such as the gum line and the cracks between the teeth. Sometimes, flossing can take a little getting used to and if you find that you just get the hang of it, there may be alternatives. One method of cleaning we recommend is using inter-dental brushes. These tiny hand-held brushes are specifically designed to clean between the teeth; they have very fine bristles and they fit between the teeth to prevent plaque formation and staining. There are various sizes of inter-dental brush available and our dentists and hygienists can recommend brushes for you; they will also be happy to show you how to use the brushes and talk through the benefits with you. Good oral hygiene is really important for your oral and general health, as neglecting cleaning increases the risk of plaque development. Plaque is the main risk factor for decay and gum disease and it also contributes to bad breath (halitosis). If you would like advice about buying oral hygiene products, flossing and brushing techniques or boosting your oral health, please don’t hesitate to ask; our expert Essex dentist will be more than happy to help.