What Is The Importance Of Flossing?
Your dentist always tells you to floss. What is the importance of flossing, anyways? Do you really have to do it? The answer: flossing is extremely important in ensuring oral health, so yes, you have to do it. Flossing is a super important part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums, and The American Dental Association recommends that you should floss at least one time a day to better remove plaque from your teeth. This is because your toothbrush cannot really reach every surface of your tooth.
When you floss, you actually will remove about 40% of the plaque from your tooth. Plaque that is on your tooth will create damaging acid, and will then cause cavities. The space in-between your teeth can only truly be cleaned by floss.
In combination with brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing will help prevent both cavities and gum disease. Removing plaque is also important because if left on the tooth, it can harden into calculus or tartar.
So when should you be flossing?
The results above are from a poll conducted by MouthHealthy.org – so who is right? The answer: everyone! It does not really matter when you floss, as long as you do a thorough job. While many people think flossing is limited to bedtime, it can actually be done anytime throughout the day!
Flossing for kids
Children absolutely should be flossing as well – you will need to help your kids until they have the manual dexterity to do it themselves. As soon as two teeth have grown and touch each other, their teeth need to be flossed!
You can buy “flossers” for your kids to use – it is easier than traditional floss and many come in fun flavors that children will enjoy.
There are also different types of floss: it varies from dental floss, flossers (pre-threaded flossers), dental picks, water flossers, or tiny bushes that can fit in-between your teeth. Dental floss also comes in different sizes for your comfort: thick floss, flat floss, waxed, or unwaxed.
When you floss, it should never be painful or uncomfortable. If you are brushing and flossing daily and regularly, any kind of discomfort will go away in 7-14 days. If you floss too aggressively, you can damage the delicate tissue that is in-between your teeth.
If you want to learn more about flossing or what the best technique to floss is, call us or come in! We want you to have the healthiest smile possible.