Do you brush your teeth? Your answer is probably an affirmative. How about flossing? Well, many people hesitate on that question, maybe fearing to admit that their flossing habits are hit and miss or altogether absent.
Flossing benefits oral health by removing filmy plaque that settles on tooth surfaces and at the gum line. Brushing twice daily removes a lot of it, along with the harmful germs that eat away at tooth enamel and gum tissue. However, for optimal oral health, brushing must partner with flossing to thoroughly clean between teeth and in those hard to reach areas of the mouth your toothbrush misses.
How Often to Floss
Dr. Michael DeLaura at Delaura Dental agrees with the American Dental Association which says floss at least once a day. Frankly, dental patients with restorations such as fixed bridgework or orthodontic patients with traditional metal brackets and wires should floss more.
The flossing rule applies to children, teens and adults, and while opinions vary on when to floss, the important thing to do it regularly. Many dentists favor night time flossing as tooth-cleansing saliva production falls off at night, and bacteria-filled plaque can do more damage. Also, it really doesn’t matter whether you floss before or after you brush your teeth.
How to Floss
Select a floss product you like. Waxed or plain, flavored, skinny, wide–there are plenty out on the market. Choose a quality, ADA-accepted floss. and use it consistently, following these steps:
- Pull a 18-inch length of floss from the dispenser, and wind each end around the top of the index or middle fingers of each hand.
- Pull the floss taut with your thumbs, and carefully insert a short section in between two teeth.
- Move the floss up and down in the interdental space, gently flossing the gum line, too.
- Proceed around the mouth, using a fresh section of floss for each new space.
- Take special care with the backside of your back most molars.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
Dr. Michael DeLaura is highly skilled in many advanced dental services, including full dental implant placement and orthodontics in the Romeo, MI area. Dr. DeLaura also has a passion for the basics of oral health. These include brushing, flossing, regular exams and hygienic cleanings as the solid foundation for lifelong healthy smiles.
Keep consistent with your dental care. Call DeLaura Dental in the Romeo area for an appointment today. Phone 855-601-2948.