Flossing can be a difficult habit to create because if you only floss intermittently, it can make your teeth and gums sore.
It is hard to persuade people to practice things that cause discomfort. If you maintain a daily habit of flossing, the soreness will subside and make it easier to floss.
It does not matter if you floss before or after brushing your teeth, but the best time to before bedtime. You need to get rid of food particles between your teeth before going to bed. As you sleep, food particles settle on the surface of your teeth. After 7-9 hours this increases the risk of tooth decay.
Some of the reasons for maintaining a daily flossing habit include:
- It makes your teeth clean and healthy.
- Flossing reaches tooth surfaces that can't be reached using a toothbrush.
- It can help to prevent gingivitis and cavities between your teeth.
Some fancy toothbrushes these days can trick people into believing that flossing is not necessary. Unfortunately, this is not the case. These brushes are better, but still cannot reach where floss can between teeth and at the gum line.
You should floss at least once per day because flossing is essential for oral health.
"You don't have to floss all your teeth. Just floss the ones you want to keep."
If you are not sure of the best technique, you can reach out to Dr. Mills or ask your hygienist for more information. We can demonstrate the proper way to floss at your next wellness exam.