It’s late and you’re tired and ready for bed. But wait! You haven’t flossed your teeth yet, and you don’t think you can muster the energy to do it tonight. It’s no big deal to skip a night of flossing every now and then, right? Wrong! Flossing your teeth is very important and here’s why.
What Does Flossing Accomplish?
While it may not seem like a big deal, flossing your teeth is actually accomplishing many things, not mention protecting your oral health. First, it’s removing the excess food particles and debris from in between your teeth. Why is this so important? Because you can actually develop cavities in between your teeth.
Next, it’s working to keep your gum tissue healthy and strong, which protects against gum disease. As long as you are careful to use proper flossing techniques, it’s very helpful for your gums. Being too rough with your floss can actually injure your gum tissue, so using correct flossing technique is important.
Finally, flossing your teeth is helping to freshen your breath. Removing all the excess food particles and debris from your mouth helps to give you better breath.
What is the Correct Flossing Technique?
Flossing your teeth is easy, and can be done fairly quickly. You’ll want to remove about 18 inches of floss and wrap around the index or middle fingers of each hand. Work the floss in and out of your teeth in a c-shape, and be sure to go over each side of each tooth.
Be careful as you reach your gum tissue not to floss too hard, as this can cause injury to your gums. Use a clean section of floss for each tooth.
What is a Water Flosser?
You may choose to use a water flosser to remove debris from in between your teeth. A water flosser uses concentrated streams of pulsating water that sprays debris out from in between your teeth. Many patients find the water flosser to be easier to use than regular dental floss.
Water flossers can be especially effective for patients with braces, bridges, dental crowns, and dental implants. Keeping your dental restorations clean and free from debris helps ensure better longevity.
You can decide which type of flossing works best for your routine. The important thing is not to avoid or forget to floss your teeth at least once each day.
About ACE Dental
ACE Dental is comprised of a hard working and highly skilled team of dentists who serve families in Killeen, Temple, Taylor, Harker Heights, and Belton, TX. We strive to offer our patients excellent dental care with a personal touch.
We welcome both children and adults to our practice, and we look forward to building a relationship with your family. Killeen patients can contact us at 254-781-3419 or on our website.