Flossing is just as important as brushing, because flossing done properly will remove plaque and food particles in areas where the toothbrush cannot reach, in between the teeth and just below the gum line. When removing plaque from these areas, you will potentially help yourself prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing stimulates the gums, like exercising them and keeping them nice and healthy. The type of floss I recommend for my patients is waxed. There’s also un-waxed.
There’s also a stretchy floss. It’s really whatever you’re most comfortable with using with your teeth. I personally use a waxed floss. It tends to slide in and out of the teeth easier, and then you’re less frustrated with your floss shredding or tearing or breaking. A good job of flossing should take you about as long as it takes you to brush your teeth, another two minutes.
At home, you should be brushing your teeth a minimum of two times a day and flossing once a day. It’s best to floss first before you brush, getting out all the plaque from in between your teeth. Then, you’ll brush everything away. If you would like to use a mouth rinse, you can follow up with that. It freshens your breath also, and the good swishing action is nice for the teeth, too.
Even though you’re doing a great job at home with your home care, it’s important to see your hygienist for a professional cleaning and also for the dentist to do an exam, the oral cancer screening and then also catch any disease or decay in its early stages.
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