Find out why flossing is a crucial element to keeping your smile clean and healthy.
It’s second nature to brush your teeth but do you feel the same way about flossing? While brushing will certainly keep your smile looking its best, if you aren’t flossing then you are missing out on one very important part of oral care. From the office of our Reno, NV dentist, Dr. George Zatarain discovers the importance behind flossing.
Think of flossing like dish washing. You wouldn’t only wash the top part of the plate and forget to clean the sides of it, would you? This isn’t getting your dishes thoroughly clean and could leave nasty bacteria on it. Well, the same goes for your teeth.
If you brush your teeth and forget to floss, you are leaving plaque and food to sit in between teeth. Besides the ugly stains, this can cause it to increase your chances of developing decay. In order to really get in between the teeth where your toothbrush just can’t you’ll need to floss.
Floss is the most effective way to break up and remove plaque from between teeth. Whenever you don’t floss you leave plaque to build up in the nooks and crannies of your teeth, which can also lead to issues like gum disease and potential tooth loss. Plus, flossing your teeth every day guarantees you much fresher breath!
You should be flossing at least once a day, preferably at night before you brush. For proper removal of plaque from between teeth, first use fluoridated toothpaste while brushing your teeth, it is better able to reach in between teeth and give a more thorough clean. Use a generous amount of floss and use a new, clean section for each tooth. Make sure to get all the way to the gum line to remove plaque that might be forming underneath. If you aren’t sure which techniques to use or what floss is right for you, our Reno general dentist is always here to provide some helpful advice, so don’t hesitate to call us and ask.
While flossing is necessary for keeping your smile cavity-free, so are six-month dental cleanings and exams. If it’s time for your biannual cleaning, then call Z Dentistry in Reno, NV today.