Why is flossing important?

Flossing is important because even with proper brushing, the areas between your teeth don’t get completely cleaned. Most cavities start between your teeth so it’s important to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You need to use dental floss to remove the plaque between your teeth at least once a day.

How to floss

First, take about eighteen inches of floss and wind the two ends of it around your middle fingers, leaving about five inches between your hands. Pinch the floss between your thumbs and index fingers and leave about one inch in between to work with. Gently guide the floss between the first two teeth using a side-to-side motion.

Pull the floss tightly in a C shape around the side of one tooth and slide it under the gum line. Clean the surface of the tooth by using and up-and-down motion not the side-to-side motion you used to guide the floss between the teeth. Repeat on the adjacent tooth. Then remove the floss, wind it to an unused section and repeat the process to clean both sides of every tooth.

Brush your teeth after

After you floss, brush your teeth to remove any dislodged debris or plaque and have a fresh, clean mouth.

Why is flossing important?

  1. Flossing improves your gum health.
  2. Flossing lowers your risk for cavities by removing debris between your teeth.
  3. Flossing prevents bad breath
  4. Flossing reduces inflammation and promotes heart health.
  5. Flossing prevents tooth loss by removing decay and tarter.

If you are just beginning to floss for the first time, your gums will probably bleed a little. The bleeding should stop after about a week of regular flossing. If the bleeding continues after a couple of weeks let us know right away. It might indicate problems or it might just be that your technique needs adjusting. We can help either way. Also, if you have trouble getting the floss between your teeth or if it catches or tears, let us know as soon as possible. It could indicate a problem that needs to be corrected.

Sedation and Implant Dentists offer trusted, comprehensive dental care from one convenient location in Los Angeles County. Our dentists engage in ongoing continuing education to provide patients with the latest advances in dentistry including modern dental implant solutions, custom crowns and bridges and transformative 3D technology. The team at Sedation Dentists strive to ease all patients who suffer from dental anxiety, and takes pride in offering an inviting, comfortable environment for every treatment. Sedation and Implant Dentists offer IV sedation in-house as well as nitrous oxide to patients.


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by Thomas Gonzales D.D.S.

Thomas Gonzales D.D.S. is a Los Angeles dentist with advanced training in dental implants. He has 46 years’ experience and is licensed in IV Sedation. Dr. Gonzales has taught courses worldwide on dental implants including for Noris Medical, Nobel, Neodent, LVI Global and Dental Implant Institute. He was a professor of IV Sedation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine and a neuromuscular dentistry instructor for Loma Linda Medical Center. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Gonzales is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He served in the United States Army and is a Vietnam War Veteran.

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