Why is flossing so important for your daily oral hygiene routine?
According to the American Dental Association flossing is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. Interdental cleaners such as floss removes plaque and debris from the spaces in between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque contains more than 500 different species of bacteria, some are good and some are bad for our mouth. The bad bacteria, however, can in combination with food debris, water and other elements cause bad breath and diseases in teeth and gums. Plaque, if not removed from your teeth through brushing and flossing, will eventually build a hard substance called tartar along the gum line. Tartar can lead to severe gum disease and once formed can only be removed by your dentist.
The most important thing about flossing is to DO IT! Floss at least once a day. There is no best time to floss, try to pick a time of day that lets you devote an extra couple of minutes to your dental care. This could be before or after brushing your teeth in the morning or at night or after lunch, whatever fits your personal schedule.
If you have any questions about flossing or any other dental topic feel free to ask the team at Diamond Dental. We are happy to assist you!