Flossing is one of the best things you can ever do to take care of your teeth! Just flossing once a day to break up plaque is imperative for good oral health. Its the single most important factor in preventing periodontal (gum) disease, which affects more than 50 percent of adults. It is just as important as brushing, helps removes the plaque and debris that stick to teeth and gums between the teeth. It also helps polish the tooth’s surface and control bad breath.
Dental floss can be waxed or unwaxed, flavored and unflavored, wide and regular. It helps clean and remove plaque. Wider floss, also known as dental tape, may help people with a lot of bridge work and is usually recommended when the spaces between teeth are wide. Waxed floss can be easier to slide between teeth with very little space between. Unwaxed floss makes a squeaking sound, which lets the user know their teeth are clean.
Electric flossers are now on the scene, but most dentists contend there is no substitute for manually flossing one’s teeth. Its no substitute, but if someone has a disability and can’t manually floss, it is better than nothing,” says Dr. Isbell.
Similarly, dentists say that Waterpicks should not be used as a substitute for brushing and flossing because they don’t remove plaque. Dentists do recommend Waterpicks for people with braces or dentures or those with gum disease who have trouble flossing because of pain.
- Decreased risk of gum disease
- Better breath
- Removes plaque between teeth
- Polishes tooth surfaces
Be sure your kids are flossing once a day, the right way to keep their oral health in top condition!
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