Is flossing really that important?

family dentst Sterling HeightsWhen you go to the family dentist to have your teeth cleaned, it is probably apparent whether or not you floss your teeth. So if you are reminded about the importance of flossing, pay close attention. Because flossing really is that important.

Reasons Why You Should Floss 

When you brush your teeth, you only reach about two thirds of your teeth’s surfaces. Your toothbrush can’t get between teeth, but dental floss can. When you floss, you remove food debris your toothbrush missed.

Flossing correctly helps keep gum tissue invigorated. Flossing also helps control dental plaque formation on teeth, especially around the gum line. This is important as a means to prevent gum disease.

Many cavities begin to form between teeth as bacteria allowed to grow on teeth is a source for decay. Daily flossing helps control bacteria growth by removing debris that can eventually do harm.

As patients age, the spaces around teeth may begin to thin leaving room for food to get caught. Using dental floss helps keep those spaces free from things that can get stuck.

Gingivitis is the early onset of gum disease; patients who don’t floss are at a greater risk of developing gingivitis and possibly periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease. Patients who develop periodontal disease are risking their overall health as well.

Is One Floss Better Than Another? 

The most important thing about dental floss is to use it daily. It can be floss that you wind around your fingers for use; waxed, unwaxed, flavored, plain … find your favorite and stick to it.

There are floss picks, interdental brushes, and water flossers … all are designed to get the job done if you use them daily.

The best time to floss is usually nighttime after you’re finished eating for the day. Brush your teeth with a soft bristle toothbrush, and floss after you brush. Rinse thoroughly. Don’t forget this final step as you want all debris you’ve removed to go down the drain, not return to settle on your teeth.

For more information or to schedule a visit with our family dentist, contact Forever Young Dentistry today.