Brushing your teeth at least two times every day helps maintain a healthy, cavity-free mouth. If you are only brushing your teeth and neglecting to floss, however, you are only cleaning about 60% of the surface area of your teeth. Flossing gets to areas that your toothbrush is simply unable to reach. It also gets rid of the food particles and plaque that lead to gum infections, cavities, and in serious instances, periodontal disease.
To reap the most benefits from flossing, be sure that you are buying the best kind of floss for your situation and using proper flossing techniques.
Anyone who has ever attempted to buy floss from a drugstore or supermarket has probably been overwhelmed by the onslaught of different brands, varieties, and flavors that are on the market today. It is not uncommon to try out several different brands of floss before you find one that really works for you.
Generally speaking, unwaxed floss is often considered to be superior due to the individual threads of the floss offering a more effective and thorough cleaning than its waxed counterpart, which has its individual threads bound together by the wax. Either way, finding the floss that works the best for you individually is the most important factor. Any kind of flossing is better than none at all.
I Can’t Reach My Back Teeth
If you are having difficulty reaching all the way to the back of your mouth and properly flossing your back teeth, then purchasing a floss pick with an extended handle just might do the trick. The long handle is used to better grip the floss while allowing the user to comfortably and effectively clean their hard-to-reach back teeth.
My Floss Falls Apart When I Use It
If your floss falls apart or shreds when you try to use it, this most likely means that your teeth are very close together. If this is the case, then waxed floss will help make flossing simpler and will stop your floss from falling apart.
At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.
The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.
It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.