When it comes to oral hygiene, brushing and flossing go hand in hand. If you’re only brushing and not flossing, you’re only getting half the job done. Flossing is essential for removing sticky bacteria and plaque from between teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach.
It may help to remember that a tooth has five surfaces, and if you aren’t flossing regularly, you’re leaving at least two of those surfaces unclean. Flossing is the only way to get into those tight, hard-to-reach spaces to remove bacteria. Without flossing, periodontal disease and cavities can develop in these areas and take their toll on your oral health.
How To Floss
If you are taking the extra step and remembering to floss, it’s important to get the most out of your efforts as possible. When you come in for your regular professional dental cleaning, our hygienist will be happy to show you the proper way to floss. If you have orthodontics or extensive dental work, we can recommend a special type of floss that will allow you to get around these hard-to-reach areas.