Flossing is one of the best things you can do to keep your oral health at the right levels. From cleaning teeth to removing plaque, it’s an indispensable part of your oral health routine. Even with how important it is, it’s common to hear people say they rarely – or never – floss on a consistent schedule.
Today, we’re going to look at why it’s so important. We also want to give you some actionable tips to help you floss better.
Why bother flossing?
The reason that nearly every biologic dentist in the country pushes flossing so much is that it cleans parts of your teeth that can’t otherwise be reached. Brushing only cleans about two-thirds of a tooth’s surface. Flossing acts like the clean-up crew, getting everything that your brush missed. This is crucial to preventing cavities.
How do I floss better?
Something that Dr. Louis Trovato hears often is that flossing hurts. That’s certainly true if you haven’t done it consistently. The first step to flossing better is to do so on a regular basis. It’ll likely surprise you to see how quickly your gums adjust to the presence of floss when it’s consistent. Also, you want to pull the floss tight to pop it through the contacts of your teeth, but then let it relax a little so you can gently clean the sides of the teeth.
After that, you need to make sure you floss at least once per day. The team here at Trovato Nutrition in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, recommends you floss at night before bed. This gets rid of food and plaque that can cause cavities in your sleep. You’ll also wake up with noticeably better breath, and who doesn’t want that?
That’s really all there is to flossing better. It’s easy, and it’ll make a huge difference in your life. To learn more, or to make an appointment, call us today at (215) 293-0909.