Be honest—how often do you really floss? While we know we should be flossing daily, flossing remains one of the most difficult things to get people to commit to doing on a regular basis. Regular flossing however, is also one of the best things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy and prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and frequent, costly dental visits. After all, flossing frees the food trapped between teeth and eliminates cavity-causing tartar buildup between teeth.
But how often do you really need to floss? Find out here.
Do I Need to Floss Every Time I Brush?
Good news for those who hate flossing: you do not need to floss every time you brush your brush your teeth. It is however, recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice daily, and floss at least once. While some dentists suggest flossing before bed so teeth are clean while you sleep, you can floss either before or after brushing, depending on your personal preference. Just make sure you make it a regular habit.
What Kind of Floss Should I Use?
Like toothpaste, there are numerous types of floss to choose from. Some flosses are waxed and others aren’t. Either type is fine, whichever you feel more comfortable and can stick with using is the best one for you. We advise you to use a dental floss with the ADA (American Dental Association) seal as these types of flosses have been evaluated to be safe and effective for removing plaque.
How to Floss Properly – Contact Daxon Dentistry
While flossing regularly is important, you need to make sure you’re flossing properly in order to achieve the best results. To start flossing, pull 18 to 24 inches of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss around your index and middle fingers. Once you’ve got a comfortable grip, hold the floss tightly around each tooth. Move the floss from side to side and up and down in between each tooth.
If you are unsure about proper flossing habits or need to consult about any restorative or cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Kimberley Daxon at Daxon Dentistry for information and a consultation. We specialize in porcelain veneers, inlays and onlays, teeth whitening and implant dentistry, as well as wellness services. New patients can contact us today at (727) 565-1665 or request an appointment online.