Flossing Facts

FLOSSING ALWAYS SOUNDS SO EASY… So why is it that some of us seem to have such a hard time getting it done? For something as seemingly simple as a piece of string in a plastic container, why are there so many types? Waxed or unwaxed, mint or cinnamon flavored, flattened or round. What’s the best way to floss, wrapped around your finger or using one of those wands? And when are we supposed to floss?

Well, we’re here to let you in on the big secret...The type of floss isn’t nearly as important as the amount you’re flossing. The only reason for the options is mostly because we all have different types of teeth. The thickness of floss that works for you can depend on the spacing of your teeth. Just like toothpaste flavors, floss comes in a variety to make flossing more enjoyable. Whatever method, flavor, or thickness you prefer is the one you should use so that flossing is as pleasant as you can make it.

So why is flossing so important? Flossing removes bacteria between your teeth that if left alone will harden to become plaque, then tartar. Once tarter buildup happens, it can only be removed through a professional cleaning. Tartar that is not removed can cause gum swelling or bleeding, commonly called gingivitis, which is the first symptom of gum disease.

Thanks to our friends at Howcast, here’s a short video for you to be sure you have your technique together:

What’s the rule of thumb for flossing? The ADA recommends flossing once a day as part of your oral routine. Because flossing helps clean where your toothbrush can’t reach, it can be helpful to floss first so that the fluoride from your toothpaste can get to all areas.

Dr. Jared and Daniel recommend that you floss at night for a clean mouth before bed. Some of the people here at our practice use a flossing wand because it seems to give the perfect amount of tension. So pick a flavor, set a routine and get flossing…  Keep those teeth healthy and clean!

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