Why You Should Floss Every Day
Thursday, October 27, 2016
You know you’re supposed to floss every day, but do you know why? The simple answer is that the spaces between your teeth are the most difficult for your toothbrush to reach, so any food that’s worked its way in between your teeth can be stuck there, increasing the chances of plaque buildup.
If you don’t remove plaque from your tooth enamel, it will eventually become tartar, a hard substance that leads to gum disease and cavities.
Should you floss before or after brushing? Actually, it doesn’t really matter as long as you do it daily. It also doesn’t matter if you floss in the morning or before bed, as long as you do it every day. If you’re a morning person with time to spare before heading off to work, choose mornings; if you’re more of a night owl, before bed might be a better choice for you.
The type of floss doesn’t matter either, although some may make it easier than others, particularly for kids just learning the ropes.
And speaking of kids, make sure they’re flossing daily as well. Children who are very young and can’t floss on their own, should get your assistance until they can do it adequately themselves. You might even use colorful, pre-threaded floss holders as encouragement.
Flossing should never be painful, so don’t get too aggressive when flossing. But you do want to make sure that you’re catching anything that’s lodged in between your teeth, so don’t go too gentle either. It may be a little uncomfortable when you start but it should get fairly routine within a few days.
If you’re due for a dental check up, give us a call to schedule an appointment. We’re happy to help you learn about maintaining good oral health habits.
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