04Dec2010

The Facts Of Flossing

FLOSSING SOUNDS PRETTY EASY So why is it that some of us seem to have such a hard time getting it done? For something as seemingly simple as a piece of string, why are there so many types to choose from? Waxed or unwaxed, mint or cinnamon flavored, flattened or round. Is it better to wrap it around your fingers or use a wand to hold it? When is the best time to floss?

Here’s the deal… the type of floss isn’t nearly as important as the amount you’re flossing. Just like a toothbrush, there are so many options mostly because we all have different types of teeth. The thickness of floss that works for you depends on the spacing of your teeth. Floss comes in a variety to make flossing more enjoyable for all every taste bud. Whatever method, flavor, or thickness you prefer is the one you should use so that flossing is as pleasant as you can make it.

So just why is flossing so important? Flossing removes bacteria between your teeth that if left alone will harden to become plaque, then tartar. Tartar buildup can only be removed through a professional cleaning. If tartar is not removed it can cause gum swelling or bleeding, commonly called gingivitis, which is the first symptom of gum disease.

Thanks to our friends at Howcast, here’s a short video for you to be sure you have your technique together:

The ADA recommends you floss once a day as part of your oral routine. Since flossing helps clean where your toothbrush can’t reach, it can be helpful to floss first so that the fluoride from your toothpaste can get to all areas.

Dr. Barber and Dr. Lee suggest that you floss at night for a clean mouth before bed. Some of the people here at our practice use a flossing wand because it seems to give the perfect amount of tension. So pick a flavor, set a routine and get flossing…  Keep those teeth healthy and clean!

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