Most of us understand the importance of brushing our teeth at least twice per day. But what about flossing your teeth? It seems like a hassle at times to make the effort to floss, especially when you're tired after a long day. Besides, is it really that important?
The answer to that question is - yes! Flossing is very important and your Mt. Pleasant dentist will share why you should take the time and make the effort to floss at least once per day, if not twice.
Prevention of Tooth Decay
Did you know that you can actually get cavities in between your teeth? This is because plaque can build up in between your teeth, and if it's not removed daily through flossing it will eventually begin to erode your enamel and cause a cavity. When you eat, food becomes trapped in between your teeth, and unfortunately brushing may not be enough to remove it all. The only way to get in between those teeth is to use dental floss. It also helps to strengthen your gums when you floss.
Proper Flossing Technique
Did you know that how you floss your teeth is just as important as how often? Using the proper technique for flossing ensures that you remove plaque without damaging your gums. Start with around 18-24 inches of floss and wrap around your fingers. Hold the floss tightly, and gently move up and down each tooth holding the floss in a C shape. Use a clean length of floss for each tooth as you go.
If you're frustrated with floss that seems to tear or shred when you use it, consider investing in a slightly more expensive single filament floss that is more shred resistant than nylon floss. Flossing daily will remove the food debris and plaque that contribute to gum disease and tooth decay, and help you maintain optimum oral health.
At East Cooper Smiles, we believe prevention is the best medicine when it comes to your oral health. When you visit us for regular cleanings and check ups, Dr. Jason Annan and our hygiene team will take the time to educate you about proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as screening you for issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.