Flossing your teeth may help prevent cavities and gum disease. Dental professionals recommend that person floss once per day before or after brushing to reach the areas that brush cannot and allow the fluoride from the toothpaste to reach between the teeth.
Cleaning between your teeth, helps remove a sticky film called plaque. Plaque contains bacteria that feed on leftover food or sugar in your mouth. When that happens, it releases an acid that can eat away at the outer shell of your teeth and cause cavities.
Plaque that is not removed by brushing and cleaning between your teeth can eventually harden into a rough substance called tartar (or calculus). Tartar collects along your gum line and can lead to gum disease. Once tartar forms, only your dentist can remove it.
Use proper tools designed to clean in between your teeth such as flossing tools. There are many forms of dental floss depending on use. Discuss with your dentist different options until you find the one that suits you. For example, dental picks might help you get to hard-to-reach places. Water flossers might be a good option if you have trouble flossing by hand or have dental work that makes flossing difficult, like braces or permanent or fixed bridges. Stick with it and you will have adopted a healthy habit for life.Leave a reply →