How often do you floss? If you go to the dentist routinely for cleanings you have been asked this before. Flossing teeth is such a simple and inexpensive way to help prevent decay and periodontal disease. Unfortunately, many patients do not get into the habit of flossing … but it is so easy!
The main idea behind flossing is to physically remove the bacteria laden plaque from between the teeth that brushing alone does not remove. No matter what the commercials and advertisers want you to believe, there is no brush on Earth that can get in between the teeth like flossing can.
The best time for flossing teeth is at night. This usually gives you more time because your day is winding down. It is also important that all of the plaque is removed from your teeth as you are sleeping; this tends to be when your salivary flow decreases and your teeth are a little more susceptible to decay.
Choose the Right Products for Flossing Teeth
It’s important to select flossing products you are comfortable using. This alone can be intimidating due to the myriad of dental flossing products available. There is waxed vs. unwaxed, tape vs. woven, etc. The key is finding the product that you feel works best for flossing teeth in your mouth!
Many people are uncomfortable with traditional floss or do not have the manual dexterity for flossing teeth properly. Floss aids like floss forks (like Reach Access) and gadgets that blow air and water between the teeth (like a Water Pik) can be good substitutes for traditional flossing.
It is great to have so many options, but it can be confusing to figure out which one is the best fit for you. This is where your dental hygienist and dentist can help. The great thing about having a family dentist is that we are familiar with your oral health and preferences so we can make recommendations about which flossing products to try first.
Make an appointment to come see us for a cleaning and make a note to remind yourself to talk with us about the benefits of flossing teeth!