When growing up, we were always taught to brush our teeth – and you should. But along with brushing your teeth daily, you should be flossing on a regular basis. Flossing will remove plaque and debris in areas your toothbrush cannot reach. Without flossing, your teeth may experience a buildup of plaque, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If you floss along with brushing your teeth, you will notice your gums and teeth will be much healthier.
When you are deciding which dental floss to use, you will come across two different types: nylon and single filament. You can get nylon floss either waxed or un-waxed, and it comes in flavors. Nylon floss is made up of several strands of nylon material, meaning it can shred or snag between teeth. Single filament floss, even in the tightest of areas between your teeth, is impossible to shred or tear. As long as you are flossing regularly, it does not matter what type of floss you choose. Flossing is recommended by dentists, as it can reach hard places, where food tends to settle.
The main problem many people have with flossing is the fact that it can result in bleeding of the gums. Anytime you floss and get between your teeth and around your gums, the floss will rub against your gums, resulting in the occasional bleeding. Many people take this the wrong way, and immediately stop flossing, usually for good. Bleeding is very common and should not deter you from flossing. If the bleeding seems out of the normal for you, consult with your dentist.
No toothbrush is designed to get every area of your mouth. With the areas missed by the toothbrush, the debris and plaque will continue to build up until they eventually result in a cavity or decay. To get this debris and plaque before it builds up into something more serious, you’ll need to floss.
To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you’ll to brush and floss your teeth. Regular checkups with your dentist will help as well, although it is up to you to continue your regular maintenance at home with flossing and brushing. If you floss on a daily basis – you’ll quickly realize just how clean your teeth and gums will be.