Only half of American adults claim to floss at least once a day, and one in 10 say they never floss.(1)
If you think you are doing a great job cleaning your teeth, but you're not flossing regularly...you may be surprised to know that nearly half the surface area of your teeth lies between them.
If you are only relying on brushing to clean your teeth, then you're missing cleaning a large portion of your teeth. Flossing may be the missing link in your at home oral health care regime.
Flossing can even help with bad breath. Food particles stuck between teeth can collect bacteria and rot, giving off an unpleasant odor. (2)
Plaque (a sticky, colorless film) can also build up in between your teeth. Plaque is a perfect home for bacteria to live, and plaque that isn't removed by brushing and flossingmay eventually harden into calculus or tartar.
Daily flossing is an essential part of an optimal oral health care routine, as opposed to an occasional occurrence. Flossing helps to keep the areas in between teeth clean, while minimizing bacteria buildup. Correct flossing also provides stimulation to the gums, encouraging gum circulation in between the teeth, which helps to promote overall gum health.
There is a correct way to floss. Your regular hygiene visit at our office is a great opportunity to go over any questions you may have about flossing.
In our next newsletter we will go over the various options and tips for interdental cleaning.