Flossing is one of the best things you can do to keep your oral health at the right levels. From cleaning teeth to removing plaque, it’s an indispensable part of your oral health routine. Most people don’t floss regularly, though, which is a large part of why there are still so many cavities in the general population.
Today, we’re going to look at why it’s so important. We also have some tips to help you get better at flossing.
Why bother flossing?
The reason that nearly every dentist in the country pushes flossing so much is that it cleans parts of your teeth that can’t otherwise be reached. It’s estimated that brushing cleans about two-thirds of your teeth, while flossing can come in clean that other third your brush didn’t get to. You absolutely need to floss to help prevent cavities.
How do I floss better?
Something that Dr. Lyndel Stripling and Dr. Shawn Nemovi hear often is that flossing hurts. That’s certainly true if you haven’t done it consistently. The first step to flossing better is to do so on a regular basis. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your gums adjust to floss if you do it on a consistent schedule.
After that, you need to make sure you floss at least once per day. The team here at Lake Highlands Dental in Dallas, Texas, recommends you floss at night before bed. That way, any food, plaque, or other debris that could cause a problem while you sleep, is removed. And you’ll wake up with much better breath in the morning.
That’s really all there is to flossing better. It’s easy, and it’ll make a huge difference in your life. To learn more, or to make an appointment, call us today at (214) 613-1279.