Flossing Facts You Should Know

24 December 2018
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


There is so much information out there about flossing, and while much of that information is true, much of it is also false. You can read the information below to get a better idea of which things are true and which ones are not.

Flossing is to remove a piece of food lodged between your teeth

While it is true that flossing can be done to remove a piece of food that is stuck between two of your teeth, flossing is also used to remove food you don't know is stuck between your teeth, as well as to remove bacteria and plaque. So, to say flossing is just to remove an obvious piece of food would be false, since flossing has more benefits and uses than just this.

Flossing is difficult to do

Flossing can be hard to do, especially for someone with large hands and a small mouth. However, there are different types of floss out there, so those who find strings of floss too difficult to use can instead use the floss pics that give you a little handle to hold onto with a short piece of floss held in place between two protruding prongs. There are also floss threaders that people with braces can use.

Flossing will cause your gums to recede from your teeth

Flossing will not cause your gums to recede from your teeth. However, age will cause your gums to recede. Therefore, if you do start to notice that your gums are receding, this is a normal part of aging. However, if your gums are receding at a faster rate than what seems natural, then you should pay a visit to your dentist to be sure there isn't something else going on that you should be receiving treatment for.

Some teeth are too close to fit floss

While it can be difficult to get the floss to go between teeth that are very close to one another, there are different flossing techniques that you can use to get the floss to go in. One movement you can do is to move the floss in a sawing motion until it works its way between your teeth. Once the floss is in, floss as you normally would with your other teeth that aren't so close together.

Flossing hurts your gums

People who have been flossing incorrectly may say that flossing will hurt your gums. Well, when you go down too far with the floss and cause injuries to your gums, then flossing can hurt. However, when it is done correctly, you should experience no pain at all during and after the flossing process.

Flossing can ruin crowns

Some people believe that flossing around their dental crowns can cause the crowns to come loose and fall off. The truth is crowns are put in place with a very strong bonding material, so you can floss your crowns just as if they were your natural teeth without worry.