The Importance of Flossing

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Everyone knows that flossing is an essential part of your oral health routine, but many don’t realize how important it is, or how to do it correctly. There are also several products out there for flossing besides the usual dental floss such as picks, small brushes, and water flossers. The essential part of flossing is actually to do it.

The Importance of Flossing

Whether you do it before you brush, after you clean, in the morning, or before bed, flossing is vital to healthy teeth and gums. No matter how great a brusher you are, it is impossible to get all the hard to reach places in between your teeth, which is where floss comes in. When conducted correctly, the floss will remove all the food particles and plaque that hides in between your teeth. If left too long, plaque can start to push itself in between your teeth and gums causing gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. Flossing at least once a day is ideal.

Flossing Correctly

If using the necessary dental floss, pull out a piece that is approximately eighteen inches long and wind it around one of your middle fingers until there are about two or three inches left. It doesn’t matter which finger you use, but often starting with the hand you write with will be more comfortable. Wind the other end of the floss around your other middle finger and grip tightly between your thumb and index finger.

Gently slide the floss along your teeth and if it is difficult to get it between two teeth use slight pressure while pulling it back and forth until it slips between your teeth. Never use a lot of stress or snap the floss between your teeth or you may cause tissue damage. As you reach the gum between the teeth, pull it around the tooth in a “c” shape and move it up and down to dislodge any stubborn plaque.  As you floss, wind the used floss around your other middle finger giving you a clean section for each tooth.

While flossing shouldn’t cause any pain, if you haven’t done it in a while or use too much pressure, you may experience some pain and bleeding which will generally go away within a week or two of daily use.

Don’t Forget Your Yuma AZ Dentist

While brushing and flossing will help you maintain a healthy mouth, they can’t replace the clean you get at your dental office. If you would like more information about flossing, or live in the Yuma, AZ area and are looking for a dentist, please do not hesitate to contact 32nd Street Dental Care today!

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Irene Peters
Irene Peters
20:05 09 Dec 17
Dr. Carroll has state-of-the-art equipment and can do it all. I was able to get my new crown replaced on the same day with only the one visit. I've been going there for years and never had to wait past my appointment time. The office staff are all friendly, helpful, efficient, prompt, and make you feel at home and more importantly, comfortable. Dr. Carroll remembers details from prior visits and always follows up on them. A real bonus for me is that he has a way with giving the shots to numb your mouth without it hurting! I'm very grateful for the excellent care I get from Dr. Carroll and his staff.
Audrianna Daniel
Audrianna Daniel
16:55 25 Jan 18
I had such a wonderful experiance at this office! Switching from another local dentist was the best decision I ever made. Shanel, the hygienist, was absolutely amazing and Dr. Carroll was incredibly down to earth and attentive to any questions or concerns. The whole staff is just awesome and I can't recommend this office enough!
Carla Wolfe
Carla Wolfe
00:59 14 Jun 17
I was terrified of the dentist from past bad experience. My daughter had a traumatic experience at a local dentist as well. We have both started seeing Dr. Carroll and have had the most comfortable, reassuring experience. They are kind, knowledgeable and patient!! Thank you Dr. Carroll and Staff!! Second visit - 2/4/16 - Deep Clean Procedure and a Wisdom tooth extraction - Again, I can't say enough about my visit. The staff from the moment you walk in the door are professional and friendly. My procedure was 99.5% pain free and the extraction was 100% pain free. I was given information every step of the way and was made to feel comfortable at all times. This is an office with compassion, caring and understanding. I highly recommend this practice. I can't say thank you enough for the positive experience and dental work. Thank you!!
Lucinda Fox
Lucinda Fox
03:05 21 Jun 17
I have had an excellent experience with Dr. Carroll over the past -I have been with him since he started practice in Yuma. He and his staff have always treated me professionally and respectfully. I say 'had' because I just moved out of state and now I hope to find a new dentist as skilled as Dr. Carroll. My last visit was a highlight for me. He gave me a brand new, much improved smile by replacing my top front six teeth with crowns made by him on site. The change is amazing and I say "thank you Dr. Carroll!"
Sandy Baas
Sandy Baas
19:00 19 Oct 17
Sam Carroll , DMD, is knowledgable about all the latest and most effective dental procedures and treatment to make you SMILE... I have seen a caring and gentle approach with the very young patients ( My Grandaughter) and the concern he had with my 90 year old Father. Very comfortable yet professional atmosphere at all times!
Jill Castaneda
Jill Castaneda
20:20 21 Sep 17
Thank you for getting my son in and removing his wisdom tooth today. I would also like to thank you for the amazing service we received from everyone in the office and especially Dr. Carroll!! We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Dr. Carroll and his staff are the best.
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