Many people believe if they brush their teeth every day, they’re doing enough to care for their oral health. They forget about flossing! Flossing is an important part of preventing issues like tooth decay and gum disease. How often should you floss?
Floss Once a Day
Experts recommend flossing once a day. Flossing removes food and plaque between your teeth that a brush can’t reach. Even people who otherwise maintain great oral hygiene can get cavities and gum problems if they forget about flossing.
Does Flossing Hurt?
Flossing shouldn’t be painful. If you feel pain, you’re most likely pressing the floss too hard against your gums. If you haven’t flossed in a while, a little bleeding is normal. Keep flossing! After a short time, your gum health will improve and you won’t bleed anymore.
When Should You Floss?
There’s no set rule about the best time to floss as long as you do it. Many people like flossing at the end of the day so they can go to sleep with completely clean teeth. Should you brush before or after flossing? Brushing after ensures you clear away any leftover debris in your mouth.
What Kind of Floss Works Best?
There are a variety of floss products on the market. Traditional dental floss, which comes in waxed and unwaxed versions, is a thin nylon string. Dental tape is a bit wider and flatter. It’s a good choice if you have wider spaces between your teeth. Floss holders are Y-shaped tools that hold a small length of floss. People with limited dexterity often like these, though you should either rinse the floss or use a new tool for each tooth. There are also water flossers, which shoot water between your teeth! Please talk to us at your appointment about what type of floss works best for you.
Maintaining Great Oral Health at Taylor-Wagner Family Dental in Jonesboro, AR
Our dentists, Dr. Taylor and Dr. Wagner have 45 years of combined experience. When you come in for a routine cleaning and exam, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about flossing. We can help you improve your flossing technique. We’re here to help in any way we can! Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are the best way to keep your smile healthy. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.