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No More Excuses to Not Floss Your Teeth

An essential part of good dental health, flossing your teeth every day removes plaque from areas between your teeth where your toothbrush is unable to reach. West Meade Dental recommends that you floss your teeth at least once a day, every day. However, many people make excuses for not flossing every day. Since not flossing can lead to serious oral health problems, people who make excuses may end up regretting the excuses they made. Web MD talked to some dentists about common excuses for not flossing, and we would like to share with you their answers to the excuses.


Food Never Gets Stuck in My Teeth.

The main purpose of flossing is to remove plaque, not food. Plaque is a film of bacteria that forms between your teeth and along your gum line. Flossing every day keeps plaque from causing cavities and gum disease.

I Don’t Know How to Floss.

Flossing correctly can be tricky and difficult, but it is essential to learn how to floss properly. The American Dental Association provides the following instructions:

  • Take 18 inches of floss and wrap most of it around the middle finger of one hand. Wrap the rest around the middle finger of the other hand.
  • Grasp the floss tightly between your thumb and forefinger, and guide it between your teeth in a rubbing motion.
  • When the floss reaches the gum line, form a C with the floss to follow the shape of the tooth.
  • Hold the floss firmly against the tooth and gently move it up and down.
  • Repeat this process with the rest of your teeth.
  • Use fresh sections of floss as you go through your mouth

I Don’t Have the Time to Floss

Find the time of day that best works for you, and make it part of your routine. Store your floss by your toothbrush and toothpaste to remind you. Remember that you can floss anywhere, so be sure to carry a pack of floss with you.

It Hurts When I Floss.

When it hurts your gums to floss, that is a major sign of gum disease, which is even more reason to floss. If you keep up with brushing and flossing daily, the pain will begin to go away. If you continue to have pain after two weeks, come see us at West Meade Dental,

My Teeth Are Too Close Together.

You can try waxed or glide floss, which slides more easily between teeth. For those with recessed gums, varied gaps between teeth, or braces, try using a threader or a loop to find an easier way to get between teeth. If your floss shreds apart, you may have a cavity or a dental work issue, like a broken crown or a loose filling.

Want to learn more about flossing? Contact West Meade Dental to ask our expert staff any flossing questions you may have.

The Importance of Flossing

Every time you go to the dentist they ask the same questions, and one always seems to be about how often you floss. Most people cannot answer this with the number that they are looking for, which is only once a day. What they do not understand is flossing is the only way the spaces between your teeth will get clean since your brush and mouthwash cannot reach. The dentists on staff at West Meade Dental will be able to answer any questions you may have at your next appointment.



Not only is your dentist or hygienist going to brush and floss your teeth for you while in office, they are going to take a little tool and scrape off any tartar that they find. Tartar is a buildup of plaque that starts forming around the gum line. While this process does not actually hurt, it is not especially comfortable. Since tartar starts off as a soft substance, brushing and flossing can remove it at home. However, once it has hardened it can only be removed by the professionals.

Gum Disease

Since the teeth are positioned right against the gums, flossing is the only way to get anything that might be trapped there out. When this happens, the food will harden and begin to form tartar. This is how gingivitis, the first step of gum disease where your gums turn red and swell, is started. If this is left for a long enough period of time a more severe type of gum disease known as periodontitis.

Other Diseases

While your teeth are only located in your mouth, the diseases that can start there are capable of spreading to your entire body. Studies have shown that once a disease is in the blood stream it can start to harm your organs and body’s systems. Periodontal disease has also been known to lead to heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses.

Economically Friendly

That’s right! Flossing can overtime save you money. Since it is what helps prevent many diseases and oral health problems, it will save you from having to have these things fixed. There are many effective, inexpensive floss options available at your local supermarket from standard floss to disposable picks.

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Say No to Cavities

Fighting Cavities

Everyone wants a bright healthy smile and to do so you must have a clean teeth routine to prevent future dental problems.  Often times when your teeth are not taken care of properly they begin to collect a sticky substance called plaque and will slowly begin to decay, leading to cavities.  Cavities can be a pain, both figuratively and literally, so if in your dental check up you are alerted you have one, make sure you have it filled immediately.  To make an appointment with the professionals call West Meade Dental today!

How can I prevent cavities?

Taking care of your teeth each day takes more than just brushing. It also means making smart food and drink choices.

Taking care of your teeth each day takes more than just brushing. It also means making smart food and drink choices.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has mentioned many great tips for mouth health.  The first step to preventing cavities is brushing your teeth.  While this may seem obvious, many people are not brushing correctly.  It is at the most importance that you brush twice a day with a paste containing fluoride.  Also, floss everyday to remove food that may be left in between teeth.  You also want to use an antimicrobial mouth rinse that will help in decreasing bacteria in the mouth.  You should also consider your diet when thinking about your teeth.  Consuming a lot of food and drink with ample amounts of sugar will stick on your teeth and cause plaque.  Lastly, chew some sugarless gum throughout the day.  Not only will the increased saliva wash away germs, but also bad breath.

Aside from the basics, there are other things you can do to make sure your smile is protected.  First, visit a dentist regularly.  Most offices and insurance companies will recommend every six months.  There they will do x-rays and check ups to check for anything that may look out of the ordinary.  Also, they will place sealant, a special coating, to all the biting areas and the back of the teeth.  This is especially important to do on children’s teeth when the permanent are growing in.

What happens if I have a cavity?

To fix a cavity, your dentist will first numb the area and remove the part of the tooth that has decayed.  Then the dentist will apply the filling material and clean and polish it.  Today, we have many types of fillings that can even be tooth colored.

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