The American Dental Association, and dentists alike, recommend flossing your teeth daily for optimal oral health. Whether we floss as much as we tell the dentist we do or not, flossing myths get thrown around about its importance and its necessity. Today we are going to prove those myths false.
Myth! Flossing does a great job of removing food from between your teeth, but, it is not the only reason to floss. Flossing removes leftover food particles, and things that cause tooth decay and gum disease, like plaque.
Myth! Thanks to modern technology flossing has become easier than ever. With the invention of “floss holders” you can floss your teeth anywhere, anytime, with one hand. These can be purchased in disposable or refillable versions, whichever you prefer. If you are more of a toothpick person, brands have made innovations to those as well. They are on the market branded as a Proxabrush, soft-pick, or easy brush. If you prefer going the traditional route, ask your dentist for some tips and tricks at your next appointment.
Myth! This may be more challenging, but not an excuse to skip flossing. There are a lot of options to explore if you have tight spaces between teeth. Not all floss is created equal, some are thinner than others, making it easier for you to floss. There is also wax-covered floss that easily slips between teeth. If these two options don’t work for you, try implementing a “sawing” motion to maneuver the floss between your teeth.
Myth! Again, this will be challenging, but not an excuse. While you have braces, it is very important to maintain a good flossing routine. No use to have braces if your teeth aren’t healthy! Using a tool like a floss threader can assist you in getting the floss in hard-to-reach places between your gums and braces.
Myth! It will always be important! Flossing aids in good oral hygiene and keeps plaque from building up between your teeth, which can lead to other concerns. If you have any questions about flossing, or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us.