Cleaning your mouth every day helps keep out tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing twice a day, for two minutes, helps remove harmful plaque, bacteria, and food bits. But your toothbrush can only reach the flat surfaces of your pearly whites. Your toothbrush can’t reach those spaces between the teeth and along the gumline.
This is reason flossing tools were designed. They are meant to complement your daily brushing. Unlike brushing, you only need to floss once every day. People often ask when the best time is to floss, and really there isn’t a perfect time to do it. We are mainly concerned that you do make time to do it, every day, so finding a time that allows you to do that is the goal.
For many people, bedtime works best because they aren’t in hurry. Also, going to bed with a clean mouth feels good. But if you are too tired to floss at night, it’s perfectly acceptable to do it in the morning or after lunch. Every time you eat, you deposit bits of food and oral debris on your teeth. In addition, food that is sugary or starchy feeds your oral bacteria which emit acids.
Acids then erode tooth enamel when they aren’t removed regularly. Brushing and flossing every day keep this acid buildup under control. Left to accumulate, tiny holes develop in the tooth enamel, increasing the risk of cavities.
Another key element in establishing a flossing routine is to find a method that you like and then do it. There are so many options out there you can try. If you don’t like wielding floss or dental wax string, you might fare better with an interdental brush, dental picks, or even a water flosser.
Are you unsure about which flossing option to try, or how best to apply them without injuring your gums, our dentist is happy to help out. Give us a call at 810-231-2288 and Dr. Jeffrey Brink and our team at Lakeview Dental Care in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, will show you ways to floss your smile.