When you’re just brushing and not flossing, you’re only cleaning 60 percent of your teeth’s surfaces. Flossing reaches where the toothbrush can’t and removes the food and plaque that causes cavities, gum infections, and in more severe cases, periodontal disease.
Our patients often tell us they don’t like how much time it takes to floss, but flossing is so important to keeping your mouth healthy and disease-free. To get the most out of flossing, make sure you’re using the best type of floss for you and the correct technique. Read on to discover how you can choose the best type of floss for you!
When you go to the store to look for floss, chances are you’re overwhelmed by the large variety to choose from. We typically recommend that patients try a few different types of floss to discover what works best for them. In general, unwaxed floss is considered the best because the individual filaments of the floss typically clean more effectively than waxed floss where the filaments are bound together. Regardless, using floss that works for the individual is most important; Flossing in some way is better than not flossing at all!
If you have trouble reaching the back of your mouth to floss your teeth, then a floss pik with a long handle might help. You can use the handle to get a better grip on the floss while comfortably flossing the hard-to-reach areas.
If your teeth are spaced closely together, then “Glide” floss will help you floss easier and will prevent the floss from shredding.
It’s possible to floss if you have a bridge, too! Floss threaders are helpful because the soft, woven end fits comfortably under the bridge and catches debris. Small floss brushes are also helpful for keeping bridges clean.
If you have questions about flossing, or need help choosing the type of floss best for you, just ask! We love helping patients learn how to floss and will give you recommendations for flossing based on your individual schedule and lifestyle. It may also be helpful to bring the floss you’re using into Connoyer Dental so we can make sure you’re doing it in the most effective way.
Overall, flossing should be a part of your daily oral hygiene routine, so make sure you taking the time to do it; your teeth and gums will thank you!