What You May Not Know About Teeth Flossing

teeth flossingEvery visit to the dentist office likely resulted in clear instructions to floss your teeth more regularly. Flossing is, after all, a very important part of daily dental hygiene. Regular dental cleanings will help remove unwanted tarter built up over time. But flossing can prevent tarter from developing around your gums at all. This is because flossing (and brushing) removes plaque buildup, which contains bacteria that can damage the outer layers of your teeth. Everyone knows they should floss on a regular basis, but it’s still sometimes hard to establish the habit. Here are three interesting facts about flossing that might motivate you to floss regularly.

1. You Only Need to Floss Once a Day

While you should brush your teeth after each meal, or at least twice a day, you don’t need to floss as frequently. Bacteria don’t build up between your teeth as fast as they do in the rest of your mouth. In fact, it takes about 24 hours for plaque to form between your teeth. This means you don’t need to worry about flossing more than once a day.

2. There are Multiple Ways to Floss

It’s not uncommon to receive a small container of floss after a dental appointment, but that doesn’t mean you’re required to use it. There are actually a number of different flossing products available, including water flossers, pre-threaded flossers, dental picks, and tiny brushes. All of these items are affective, so pick the one that works best for you and your teeth.

3. Flossing Shouldn’t be Painful

Many people grumble about flossing because they’ve had bad experiences with it in the past. The truth is, however, that flossing shouldn’t be painful. If you experience pain while flossing, you’re probably doing it too hard. Regular flossing should actually strengthen your gums. Ask your dentist for more specific details on the proper way to floss.

Is it Time for a Visit to the Dentist?

Whether you’re flossing on a regular basis or not, you should absolutely see a dentist every six months. If it’s time to schedule an appointment, Soos Creek Dental of Covington, Black Diamond, and Maple Valley can help. We offer dental cleanings, Invisalign, sensitive teeth care, braces, or help with cavities. Visit our website for more information or call (253)214-3750 to request an appointment.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

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