If you are one of the many people who do not floss every day, you are only cleaning part of your teeth. Most people would cringe at the thought of washing only one side of their dishes and then putting them back in the cupboard to use again. However, when you don’t floss your teeth, you’re not cleaning up to 35 percent of your tooth surfaces. “Even the highest quality toothbrush bristles cannot reach completely between teeth,” says Dr. Penwell at First Choice Dental. A high performance, shred resistant floss is designed to slide easily and comfortably into the tightest spaces and remove bacteria and debris.
So, for an easy New Year’s resolution that will improve your overall health, add daily flossing to your list. Daily flossing helps to prevent gum disease. It also removes plaque, prevents cavities, and benefits your overall oral health by removing the bacteria that gets between teeth and can cause infection in your mouth and body. Faithful daily flossers typically have shorter and easier dental hygiene visits because of the work they’ve done at home between visits. They also typically have fewer cavities, less gum disease, and better overall health in general.
Now that you have good motivation to floss your teeth daily, here’s how: When sliding the floss in, take care not to snap it down on the gums. Instead, move it up and down along the sides of each tooth, making certain to clean below the gum line. You should also take a moment to check your gums for symptoms of gum disease, such as soreness, puffiness, bleeding, and redness. Healthy gums don’t bleed. If you think any of these signs are present, see your dentist right away.
Happy New Year and happy flossing!