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5 Reasons Why We Should Floss

5 Reasons Why We Should Floss

Want to stop your gums from bleeding? How about save money on your dental bills? Start flossing.

Many people don’t floss their teeth because they say they don’t have the time or that it makes their gums bleed. In fact, it doesn’t take long to floss and it makes for all around healthier gums. According to the Canadian Dental Association, we miss cleaning more than one-third of the tooth surface by not flossing.

More than just thoroughly cleaning our teeth, let us explain five reasons why flossing should be a part of everyone’s daily dental hygiene routine.

1. Flossing will stop your gums from bleeding

A common complaint people have about flossing is that it makes their gums bleed. But not flossing could make the situation far worse. Inflammation from bacteria causes the bleeding, but if you keep at your flossing for two weeks, the bleeding will stop. Hold the floss in a C-shape and slide it back and forth in between your teeth. Be sure to hug the floss against each tooth to minimize trauma to your gums should the floss snap. If you floss straight up and down, you risk cutting your gums.

2. Flossing helps minimize bad breath

A lot of the bacteria that cause gum disease create an odour if they start to colonize in between your teeth and underneath your gums. If you minimize or eliminate the signs of gum disease, chances are your breath will smell better. Instead of stocking up on breath mints, we strongly suggest up your flossing.

3. Flossing regularly will prevent tooth loss

When you don’t clear out the bacteria in between your teeth and underneath your gums, your immune system releases enzymes to destroy the bacteria. These enzymes end up harming the bone surrounding the area, which explains why you may end up losing your teeth when you’re older. The bone levels in between the teeth become less and less until the tooth has no more bone to support it, so it falls out. This is why you sometimes see older people with teeth that appear longer or skinnier.

4. Flossing saves you money

It’s simple: healthy teeth mean fewer cavities and less gum disease, which, in turn, mean fewer cleanings and less of a chance of tooth loss. If you lose a tooth, you’ll have to spend money for things like a partial denture, bridge or implant.

5. Flossing could reduce birth risks

A woman’s hormones change when she’s pregnant, making her gums more sensitive. She’s no longer just flossing for one: If a woman who is pregnant has gum disease, the bacteria that cause it can enter her blood stream and go through the placenta.


Keeping Our Patients Safe During This Unprecedented Time:

Under the guidance of the BC Provincial Health, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC and the BC Dental Association, we have implemented strict new clinic standards and safety measures in order to help protect our patients and staff, which include:

  • Pre-screening all patients for COVID-19 prior to accepting in-person appointments.
  • Checking temperatures of all patients and our clinic members using non-contact forehead infrared thermometers.
  • Requiring all our clinic members wear PPE at the clinic premises.
  • Requesting patients bring their own mask and put on the mask prior to entering the clinic.
  • Providing hand sanitizing stations and following strict hand hygiene protocols.
  • Increasing the frequency of sanitization of high-touch areas and surfaces.
  • Limiting the number of people in the clinic at one time and practicing physical distancing protocols.

The health & safety of our patients has always been our top priority. We encourage everyone to stay safe and to follow the directions of Health Canada and your local health authorities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us! Great thanks for your understanding and support!

Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!

Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family.

Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!

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