Beadnell Family Dentistry on Flossing
Flossing will make the difference in your dental health care regimen. Long-term risks of plaque or tartar buildup are countered by flossing, as floss helps dig out the deeper food in gums that toothbrushes might miss.
But Flossing is No Fun!
Sure, it is easy to overlook flossing, or to shy away from flossing because it seems painful. However, it helps to find a floss that works for you and keep it near your dental hygiene items as a reminder to floss daily. It is also important to know that flossing delicately between the teeth is the best approach, because rapidly and roughly flossing may hurt the sensitive gum tissue keeping teeth in place.
Can I Just Use Mouthwash?
Since food and bacteria between the teeth are likely to hide from even the most thorough brushing, some people may assume that mouthwash is an acceptable substitute for flossing. However, this is untrue given that floss can be directed just where it needs to go, where rinsing is only about as useful in cleaning gums as brushing.
Furthermore, most mouthwash products are alcohol-based fluids that can flare up gums during use, and that is just going to cause more problems than it solves. Gingivitis, tooth decay and plaque/tartar buildup are still likely to appear without flossing, regardless of using mouthwash.
How Often Should I Floss?
Brushing is recommended twice per day and flossing once per day, so consider that when establishing a routine for floss and brush schedules. Additional concerns regarding flossing and brushing are best answered by a professional dentist, so be sure to make regular cleaning and check-up appointments, then go to those meetings to assure that your dental hygiene is positive.
Major dental hygiene problems often sneak up and present themselves without warning, so protecting teeth from these problems must be part of a daily routine and not an occasional concern. Aching gums and teeth should be addressed immediately, not left unchecked until they really hurt.
Waxed Floss vs. Non-Waxed Floss
One more aspect of flossing to consider is that waxed and non-waxed floss are about the same, because both are going to have the effect of cleaning between teeth and deep into gums. The wax may soften the feel between the teeth for some, so go with waxed floss if that feels more comfortable.
However, non-waxed floss will be just as effective when applied properly, so just be sure to pick a type of floss that will work as a reminder to use it daily and that won’t hurt or feel uncomfortable between the teeth.
There are also multiple methods of flossing to consider. Using the fingers to wrap floss and then apply it between teeth is the traditional method, though it is possible to use floss brushes now that have built-in strips of wax attached to a brush that can be handled to get the floss between teeth.
These are especially useful for getting between molars in the back of the mouth, as it is easier to place a small brush with a flossing head in the back of the mouth than two fingers and a strip of wax. These floss brushes can be found in the dental hygiene section of most stores and cost about the same as other flossing products.
Remember that flossing, together with tongue brushing, is one of the basic elements you should add to your oral hygiene routine if you want to cure your bad breath. However, while oral hygiene needs to be excellent, this alone is unlikely to eliminate your oral malodours if your halitosis is due to other underlying conditions or infections which need to be addressed. Learn the exact steps you need to take and the precise tools and remedies you need to use to treat your bad breath:
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