When it comes to home dental supplies, floss tends to get a bad rap. Toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash are all where it’s at, apparently.
Unfortunately, floss may actually be the most important dental supply in your arsenal against tooth decay and gum disease. Here’s why:
Toothbrushes and “swishing” can’t really get at what’s between teeth. Only floss can – as well as proper flossing technique. Make sure to make a semi-circle around the teeth near the gum line and floss upward to really get at troublesome plaque.
Don’t forget about gum health. Flossing isn’t just for teeth; it’s for gums, too. Considering how harmful gum disease is – it’s one of the easiest ways to lose teeth, actually – flossing could be considered the dental supply you use for your gums.
Plaque that is able to reach under the gumline can inflame the gums and cause them to recede, exposing vulnerable aspects of your teeth. This is why it’s important to remove plaque from the gum line before this can even occur.
Trapped food particles can cause bad breath. After enjoying a delicious beef-and-broccoli dish from your favorite Asian fusion restaurant, don’t be surprised to see bits of green and brown stuff among your molars. Left in there too long, and your breath is sure to get worse and worse. Also, don’t be the type of flosser that removes particles a week or more after they got there in the first place.
So, to protect the spaces between your teeth, your gums and your breath, be sure to floss at least once a day (or more if directed so by your dentist).
If you really want to keep your smile healthy, though, please visit our website at healthysmile.com and set up an appointment for you and your family! Also check out our blog for more tips on self-dental care at home.