Flossing is one of the best things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Doing it is simple enough, but, as with most things, there is usually room for improvement. At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we think trying out different types of floss is a good idea and can help you do a better job.
The reason flossing is so important is simple: it removes plaque and food debris from between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. Left on the teeth, plaque hardens into floss and contributes to tooth decay. The Academy of General Dentistry goes so far as to call flossing the most important thing you can do to fight plaque.
What Kind Is Best?
When it comes to what dental floss to use, there is a lot to choose from. Flavored or unflavored? Waxed or unwaxed? Wide or thin?
No single type of floss is right for everyone. You might even benefit from having more than one kind in your medicine chest. With a little trial and error, you can narrow down your choices to find what works best for you.
Here are some things to bear in mind:
- Waxed floss fits more easily into tight spaces.
- Unwaxed floss tends to squeak against clean teeth, an indicator that plaque is gone.
- Wider dental tape may work better in gaps between teeth, and on bridgework.
- Use traditional dental floss. Though popular, floss picks are best left for when you’re on-the-go, as they only have a small strand of floss and are unable to wrap around your whole tooth.
Whatever your preference, the important thing is to floss at least once each day.
At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we like to see you for a checkup every six months. People from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate come to our office for general and restorative dentistry. Request an appointment today!
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