1. Argument that flossing may damage the gums. It has not been verified that this is actually true and we haven’t really seen cases of severely damaged teeth or gums because of flossing in our patients. There is the possibility that very aggressive flossing can slightly damage your gums over the years. But even so, we already know that brushing too hard can damage the gums, yet no one is telling you to stop brushing. Any potential minor damages to the gums that result from either brushing or flossing is far better than the risks which arise from neglecting your oral hygiene and waiting for cavities or gum disease to develop.
2. Flossing can be somewhat time consuming. Flossing your teeth correctly takes time. Shortcuts and rushing through it doesn’t work well and will leave food and plaque particles behind. If you’re simply snapping the floss up and down rapidly without hugging and gliding each tooth surface, then you are not flossing well enough. Each and every contact between the teeth needs to be thoroughly flossed separately and carefully. You must pay attention to remove plaque and food particle from both teeth which make up each space. Most dentists recommend flossing at least once a day and many feel that flossing is more important than brushing, particularly as you get older.
3. Flossing is very technique sensitive. The way you floss your teeth makes a big difference in the results you get. To floss correctly you must go in between the teeth, hug each tooth surface, and move the floss up and down throughly to remove all the food and plaque sitting on both the front and the back tooth which compromise the gap. Simply snapping the floss up and down is not enough and you could be wasting your time.
helpful hint – If you have a dental bridge, which is basically several crowns attached together or any other type of splinted crowns, then you can’t place a dental floss in between these crowns as they are attached together. There is a special type of floss such as a superfloss or a floss threader which can be used to pass underneath the bridge to help clean this region.