When it comes to maintaining excellent oral health, regular brushing and flossing are essential. In celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month, Bennion Lambourne Orthodontics in Billings, MT, wants to remind you about the importance of flossing for a healthy smile. In this blog post, we’ll explore why flossing matters and provide you with helpful tips to make flossing a breeze. 


Why is Flossing Important? 


Flossing is a critical part of your daily oral hygiene routine that should not be overlooked. While brushing cleans the surfaces of your teeth, flossing reaches the areas between your teeth and along the gumline that a toothbrush cannot easily reach. These tight spaces are where plaque and food particles tend to accumulate, leading to the formation of tartar, cavities, and gum disease. 

  The Importance of Flossing

By incorporating flossing into your daily routine, you can: 


  • Remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup: Flossing helps remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that can harden into tartar and contribute to tooth decay. 
  • Maintain healthy gums: Flossing helps keep your gums healthy by removing bacteria and preventing gum disease. Healthy gums are the foundation of a healthy smile. 
  • Prevent bad breath: By removing food particles and bacteria, flossing helps combat bad breath and leaves your mouth feeling fresh. 


Tips for Effective Flossing 


Flossing may seem tricky at first, but with the right technique and tools, it can become an easy and effective part of your oral care routine. Here are some tips to help you master the art of flossing: 


  1. Choose the right floss: There are various types of floss available, such as traditional string floss, floss picks, and water flossers. Find the type that works best for you and makes it easier to reach all areas of your mouth.


  1. Use proper flossing technique: Take about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving a few inches of floss between them. Gently slide the floss between your teeth, forming a C-shape around each tooth. Move the floss up and down, following the curve of each tooth and reaching below the gumline.


  1. Be gentle yet thorough: Avoid snapping the floss into your gums, as it can cause irritation. Instead, use a gentle back-and-forth motion to remove plaque and debris. Make sure to floss both sides of every tooth, including the back teeth.


  1. Make it a habit: Flossing should be done at least once a day, preferably before brushing your teeth. Incorporate it into your daily routine to ensure consistent oral hygiene.


Your Trusted Partner in Oral Health 


At Bennion Lambourne Orthodontics in Billings, MT, we are committed to helping you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. As part of our comprehensive orthodontic care, we emphasize the importance of good oral hygiene practices, including regular flossing. By combining orthodontic expertise with preventive care, we strive to give our patients optimal oral health and lifelong smiles. 


Remember, may the floss be with you! Take charge of your oral health by incorporating flossing into your daily routine. If you have any questions or need further guidance on proper flossing techniques, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly team. Together, we can achieve a smile that is out of this world!