Flossing removes bits of food from between your teeth and is essential for preventing plaque buildup and reducing your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and even cardiovascular events like stroke. As an added bonus, flossing also helps freshen your breath.
It’s no surprise that flossing is such an important part of your at-home oral care, but not everyone flosses daily. The good news is that it’s never too late to get into the habit.
At The Masters Dental Group in San Antonio, Texas, a member of our expert team flosses your teeth during a routine dental cleaning, but we also want you to continue this healthy habit at home. Here are three ways you can boost your flossing routine — starting today!
If you’ve walked down the oral care aisle at the drugstore lately, you know you have a myriad of choices when it comes to toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss. Not all floss is created equally, however. Whether you like the mint-flavored or unwaxed floss, the most important element when choosing floss is the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval.
A string of floss isn’t your only tool when it comes to flossing. You may find that flossing aids help make your flossing session more thorough. These can include pre-threaded flossers, water flossers, threaders, and interproximal brushes.
The ADA recommends that you floss once daily, and many people choose to floss during their morning brushing session. However, if you’re able to floss in the evening instead, you can boost the effects of your flossing.
That’s because removing plaque and food particles between teeth before going to sleep deprives decay-causing bacteria of one of their favorite food sources, which means they’re less likely to do any damage to your teeth and gums overnight.
Tip: Set a reminder on your phone or place a sticky note on your bathroom mirror if you need help remembering to floss before bed.
When you floss, do you sometimes have to tug on the floss and it snaps against your gums? It can be difficult to floss between teeth that are tightly spaced, but snapping the floss can damage your gums.
Revamp your flossing routine by revisiting your flossing technique. Instead of snapping, rub or gently wiggle the floss between your teeth. To floss more properly and save your gums, follow these steps:
Not sure if you’re flossing correctly? The next time you’re in the office for your dental exam and cleaning, don’t hesitate to ask us. We’re happy to answer your questions, teach you proper techniques, and offer helpful tips for flossing your teeth.
Has it been awhile since your last cleaning? Schedule your appointment at The Masters Dental Group by giving us a call at 210-349-4424.