Unfortunately, a vast majority of the population will admit to not flossing regularly and believe that brushing twice a day is enough to maintain their oral health. You may think if you brush your teeth and use mouthwash, your teeth are clean enough. But is that really the case? While brushing should be a necessary part of your oral hygiene routine, flossing is equally important in maintaining your oral health.
Brushing and flossing work to remove plaque and leftover food from your teeth. Though brushing will scrub at the surfaces, flossing will reach the in-between areas as well as underneath the gum line. If left untreated, the plaque will harden into tartar which can only be removed by a dentist. The accumulation of plaque and tartar in the mouth can lead to tooth decay, cavities, bad breath, and gum disease if left untreated.
No matter what toothbrush you use or how impressive the bristle design is, your toothbrush cannot clean in between your teeth or underneath the gum line. Your toothbrush cleans only the back and front of your teeth. If you aren’t flossing, there are two sides of every tooth you aren’t cleaning everyday.
The type of floss you use often depends on your oral health needs and personal preference.
If you have widely spaced teeth, you may prefer a thicker floss compared to someone who may have a more crowded mouth.
We understand that flossing is a task that can be easier said than done. Some people find using dental floss difficult to navigate around their teeth or have a poor technique that can lead to bleeding and irritated gums. You have to be gentle, but firm enough to thoroughly clean. Finding that balance can be challenging, but thankfully we are here to help and can demonstrate various flossing types and methods. We will work with you to find the one that works best for your smile.
Alternative flossing tools that can help to make flossing easier include:
It is normal to feel some discomfort and notice bleeding when you first start to floss. After flossing regularly for a few weeks, your gums will feel better and the bleeding will stop. If you continue to experience discomfort, you may need to consult your dentist. For more information on flossing or to schedule an appointment, contact Mark Fried, DMD today.