Pocket gaps can indicate a gum problem. Naturally, your gums fit snugly around a tooth. The distance between the gum tissue and attachment to the tooth is one to three mm in depth. However, if you have gum disease, the depth could be deeper. If it is not treated right away, it could lead to tooth loss.
Could Flossing Be the Cause of Pocket Gaps?
Flossing, per se, will not cause pocket gaps. The only time flossing can cause gum problem that leads to pocket gaps is when you do it incorrectly.
When you floss, you need to use around 18 inches of floss. Wrap your index and middle fingers with the floss’ ends. Then, you must follow your teeth’s curve. You must include the area beneath the gumline. Do not snap it on the gums.
Cutting your gum tissues will result in teeth gaps. Forcing the floss to fit between the teeth could cut gum tissues as the floss breaks down. It could also lead to receding gums over time.
Because of this flossing mistake, your gums may bleed while you clean your teeth. Since it can cause pain, you will decide to quit flossing. However, if you do so, it will only result in severe gum issues and teeth problems.
The good thing is that there are alternatives to flossing.
One of the things you can try is a water pick. It involves the application of high-pressure water jet of water. The goal is to dislodge the plaque. Water picks can also be a great alternative to interdental brushes.
When you use water picks, the device will rinse away the fluoride in toothpaste. Fluoride is a vital mineral that strengthens your teeth. In that case, many dental health professionals recommend the use of it before brushing and not after.
Use Interdental Brushes
They can reduce gum disease. There is no strong evidence yet to prove that interdental brushes are better than dental floss in reducing gum disease. However, it is still worth investing in them. The reason for this is that brushing alone will only clean three surfaces of your teeth. Keep in mind that there are five of them.
In that case, cleaning the areas between your teeth is a vital part of excellent oral hygiene. It prevents gum disease as it removes plaque from various areas that brushing cannot access.
Brush Every Day
Brushing your teeth remains the best way to prevent gum issues. It may not remove completely the plaque causing gum disease.
However, the fluoride in toothpaste prevents tooth decay. In that case, it strengthens the teeth. Opt for electric brushing to further reduce plaque and gum inflammation.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Even if you are a dedicated tooth-brusher, you may still miss some areas. In those areas, plaque can build up and may lead to tartar as it hardens.
Tartar cannot be removed by brushing or flossing. That is why you need to visit your dentist to have it scraped off. Your dentist at Mesa Dental will teach you how to properly floss to prevent pocket gaps.