Dental Floss…It may look like a simple piece of string, but dental floss is so much more! It’s a proven partner in maintaining healthy teeth and gums and helps give your overall health a boost. Do you floss daily? What techniques help you get the most out of your flossing experience, without injury to your gums? Statistics reveal that only 50.5% of Americans follow the recommendation from the American Dental Association (ADA) to floss every day. Some 31 percent report flossing less than daily, and a whopping 18% say they never floss. Yikes!
Why You Should Floss
Although brushing is an important part of cleaning your teeth, there are areas between your teeth that your toothbrush bristles simply can’t reach. When these hidden areas remain unclean, bacteria can flourish. This leads to the formation of plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease.
- Glide- For tight contacts
- Superfloss- for large spaces or implants
- Floss Picks (disposable flossers)- for people who have a hard time with string floss
- Floss Threaders- for bridges
- Regular Waxed-General
Reach Flosser-for hard to reach “back teeth”
That’s why daily flossing is important. It does more than just remove food debris stuck between your teeth. It also removes the plaque that brushing left behind. If you really want to do what’s best for your smile, it’s time to put an end to excuses. Floss your teeth every day, not just before you visit Flower Mound Family Dentistry! At Flower Mound Family Dentistry, Dr. Amin, along with our hygienist Natalie are glad to answer any questions you may have about flossing. Click here to learn about having a pain-free wisdom teeth recovery after surgery.