On this blog, we talk quite a bit about the benefits of implementing a proper oral care regimen into your daily routine. Between brushing, mouthwash and flossing, there are a lot of easy steps you can take to avoid potentially harmful issues down the road. While most people are at least familiar with the toothbrush or toothpaste brand that they like best, few know the differences between flosses and what this simple step can do for their oral health.
The best way to understand just what flossing does is to think about it like you're cleaning your home.
"You cannot effectively vacuum a house with only one attachment," according to Richard Price, DMD and spokesperson for the American Dental Association. "You need other attachments to get into the nooks and crannies. That's what floss does."
Floss works to remove food particles and plaque buildup from between your teeth where your toothbrush may be unable to reach. This simple action helps to reduce the risk of gum disease, tooth decay and even bad breath. While it is recommended that you use floss regularly – once a day at least – it is also important that you aren't too harsh with it so you don't damage your gums.
It is also key that you know what kind of floss you are working with. There are endless varieties to be found at your local drugstore, but most of them will be either waxed, unwaxed or interdental cleaning aids like picks, oral irrigators or mouthwashes. If the spaces between your teeth are really small, then waxed may be a better option as it will glide more smoothly.
Ensure that you are employing the best oral care habits starts with a trip to an orthodontist. Our specialists can tell you if there are habits you should alter, or if there is something wrong that only professional orthodontia could fix. To learn more about our practice and how we can help, contact Upper Eastside Orthodontists today!