Those of us who have flossed after brushing have discovered debris our tooth brush has left behind. No matter how well-designed a toothbrush is, it cannot reach between your teeth and remove the food particles trapped there.
The American Dental Association has been telling us for some time to floss every day right along with tooth brushing to keep the sticky plaque from wrecking havoc with our teeth. Left unchecked, plaque will harden over time to tartar. And this can lead to gum disease and cavities.
Good oral hygiene will make your teeth last as long as possible, saving you money and stress over time. It is never too early to start flossing! If you have children, you will need to help them floss until they develop good motor skills, usually around eight years of age.
While it isn’t necessary to be particular about when to floss (before? Or after brushing?), it is important to just do it! Some people find flossing once a day maintains the habit, others like to floss every time they brush. Flossing is the other side of the brushing coin; it just does what the toothbrush cannot, clean in between your pearly whites.
Some people like the convenience of carrying a packet of waxy or unwaxy floss around, and now that they come in minty flavors this adds a fresher breath appeal. While water flosser fans can’t exactly carry their flosser with them, but enjoy flossing at the end of the day before bedtime as it cleans and freshens their breath for the night.
Just like it isn’t necessary to scrub your teeth with a hard bristle brush, it isn’t necessary to floss until your gums bleed. After your first week of flossing you will notice your gums have gotten used to it and will not bleed, unless you rub too roughly.
Keeping your teeth and gums happy with flossing will go a long way for your oral health and self-esteem. Please talk to your dentist if you have any dental questions or concerns. We are here for you! 818-927-6807.