If not, now is the time to start. Most of us have gotten into the habit of brushing at least once and hopefully two or more times a day. But getting into the habit of flossing daily is a lot harder and something many of us put off for longer than we would like to admit.
That is understandable, but the simple fact is that flossing is one of the most important and effective ways to care for your teeth. And many of the benefits only kick in once you get into the daily habit. If it’s been a while since you picked up a piece of floss, we encourage you to read on.
A toothbrush and paste are great for cleaning the surfaces of your teeth, but it’s next to impossible for them to clean the spaces in between your teeth. And that is where some of the worst plaque and bacteria live. That means you can’t get by with brushing alone. There is also research that suggests flossing before you brush makes brushing more effective by bringing more of the tooth into contact with the fluoride in your toothpaste.
The next time you look in the mirror, notice how your teeth and gums are connected. There are little pockets and overlaps that are great places for food to get stuck. Over time that food turns to tartar that can only be removed by a dentist, and it can also cause gingivitis.
Dental floss is the only tool in your medicine cabinet that can effectively clean out those little spaces in your gums. Click here, for a step-by-step guide to flossing your teeth authored by The American Dental Association. Tweet This
A box of dental floss will cost you less than a dollar and last you for months. A trip to the dentist, especially for a major procedure, will cost your much, much more than that. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and it couldn’t be truer in this case.
If you are like most people, your least favorite part of visiting the dentist is when they scrape the tartar off your teeth. Even the best dentists and hygienists haven’t found a way to make this a pleasant process. Flossing specifically fights the build-up of tartar, making your next visit to the dentist a lot easier to get through.
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Our goal is not to nag you into flossing. But it is important to understand how important flossing is and how much it affects your oral health. Rely on MyOrthodontist to help you keep your smile beautiful for life.