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Flossing: what does your Puerto Vallarta dentist say?

Flossing is an important step in the process of cleaning our teeth. Flossing takes only a few minutes and is frequently, if not always, recommended by your dentist in Puerto Vallarta, for the improvement of the health of your teeth.

Tooth brushing involves the removal of dental plaque from the surface of the teeth. Dental plaque is a sticky mixture of bacteria and substances derived from saliva that can be found on the surface of every tooth and even on gums and the interior side of cheek and also on your tongue. However, the toothbrush cannot effectively clean between the teeth, because its bristles are soft and bend at the contact with the hard surface of the tooth. Here comes the flossing process. Floss can enter the spaces between the teeth and thoroughly clean those areas. Also it prevents the process of tarter formation and the acid attack of the enamel by bacteria.

Studies have shown that flossing daily can prevent gum disease. Gum disease is also a risk factor for other diseases like endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the hearts valve and people with prior mitral surgeries are at risk if they do not floss. Ask your Puerto Vallarta dentist to tell you about the risk for endocarditis in patients with valve-replacement surgery.



Flossing is easily done and recommended to be done at night after brushing. The usual length of dental floss used is 30 to 40 centimeters. For people without fillings unwaxed floss is indicated, but if you have fillings, especially composite fillings waxed floss is recommended. Waxed floss glides easily and doesn’t harm you fillings. When you floss you should keep in mind to not use a lot of pressure, and be gentle, especially when most of the time, when you first floss your gums might bleed. Also you should try making a zig-zag movement with the floss between your teeth. Once you used that portion of floss, you should use another portion, because not doing that can spread bacteria around your mouth and might even aggravate some ailments.

It is recommended to floss and use a mouthwash one or two times a day. If you have bleed or inflamed gums you should go consult your dentist in Puerto Vallarta. He might recommend a cleaning plan. Also it is recommended that every 6 months you perform a professional cleaning session to maintain the health of your teeth.

Flossing is an ability that needs perfecting and practice can improve your skills. Have patience and repeat daily. Studies have shown tooth brushing only removes about 70% of dental plaque, the rest is removed by flossing. People greatly underestimate the advantages of flossing. By diminishing the amount of plaque you have, they also help you maintain a fresher breath. Also it is highly recommended for pregnant women. They are more prone to gingivitis during the pregnancy and a flossing added to the daily cleaning routine can help prevent that. Also another set of studies have shown that flossing can expand your life by 6 years because it keep you immune system in a good shape.