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Facts On Flossing

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. Is it better to wrap it around your fingers or use a wand to hold it? When is the best time to floss?

The deal is, the amount your flossing is way more important than the type you’re using. There are so many options 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 that works best for you is the one you should use.

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

As a rule of thumb, 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. Brei prefers 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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2 responses to "Facts On Flossing"

  • Liz Hardy says:

    I hadn’t thought about the flouride getting to all the tooth surfaces better, by using the toothpaste AFTER flossing. In fact, I don’t remember hearing of flossing FIRST, before brushing, but this makes sense to me! After flossing, I had been swishing water around my mouth to get out the tiny particles of food and bacteria, but that’s an EXTRA step I can eliminate by flossing FIRST… Because, after all, don’t most of us rinse out the toothpaste anyway, after brushing? Thanks, Dr. Brei! You are the greatest in my book, and so is your very caring and capable staff!!! : )

  • Dr. Brei says:

    Liz, thank you so much for your comment. Our office thinks that you are such a great patient! The staff love you!

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