One of the main ways to maintain your oral health is by flossing regularly. Many people think that flossing isn’t as important as brushing and if you brush enough then flossing isn’t necessary, but it is actually just as, if not more important, than brushing. Flossing removes the plaque and tarter that hides in the hard to reach area of your mouth such as in between your teeth, in the back teeth, and between your gums and teeth. Proper flossing will help prevent gingivitis, bad breath, and tooth loss which is why it is so important to healthy teeth.
- Fewer than half of Americans floss daily and men are less likely to floss regularly than women. Since so few people actually floss as often as they should, most people will develop gum disease at some point in their life.
- It doesn’t matter when you floss, as long as you do it. You can floss in the morning or before bed, before you brush or after, as long as you floss once a day.
- Brushing and not flossing is like not washing a quarter of your body when you shower. Brushing can only remove a certain amount of plaque and bacteria no matter how often or well you do it. Flossing will get in between teeth and gums to get the areas your toothbrush can’t reach.
- There are many ways to floss besides the usual dental floss. If you are not a big fan of normal dental floss there are a lot of other products that will give you the same results such as pre-threaded flossers, water jet flossers, and rubber tipped flossers that are reusable.
- There is such a thing as flossing too hard. When you snap the floss in between your teeth or dig them too far into your gum line, you can actually be causing damage to your gums.
- There are different types of dental floss. You may have noticed that dental floss comes in a plain or mint flavor, but they also have different sizes and types. Thicker floss can be easier for those with dental bridges and braces, and wax floss can be easier to slide through teeth that are close together.
Flossing and Your Dentist
Even those that brush and floss regularly need to see their dentist for cleanings and exams. Once plaque becomes tarter it cannot be removed with brushing and flossing so regular cleanings will help keep your smile clean. If you are in the Coraopolis, PA area and would like more information about flossing, please contact Dr. Ryan Rupert and his team at Robinson Township Smiles today!