Ever wonder why general dentists are so frequently and adamantly recommending that their patients floss their teeth? In fact, have you ever found yourself wondering if flossing is really all that necessary, particularly if you already do a good job of brushing your teeth twice a day? Some people are tempted to believe that tooth brushing, alone is adequate protection against dental problems, including cavities. Sadly, brushing only helps to clean approximately two thirds of the surface of the teeth. To help clean the remaining portion of the teeth, flossing really is extremely important, and also incredibly beneficial!
Why Brushing Isn’t Enough
Most people want to do all they can to help prevent cavities and other dental problems, yet many are hesitant to add flossing to their daily routine. This is often due to misconceptions about flossing.
For instance, some people notice bleeding when they floss, and decide to stop, thinking that the flossing might be causing the bleeding. Actually, if your gums bleed easily, including during flossing, this could be due to tartar buildup and even the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis.
Another reason people may stop flossing is because they think it is time consuming or uncomfortable. Fortunately, by mastering proper technique, you can make flossing a fast and comfortable part of your daily hygiene routine. If you have questions about how to floss, correctly, speak with your dentist. Or, check out the many helpful instructional videos provided by the American Dental Association.
Finally, while mouthwash can be a helpful addition to your dental hygiene, it should never be viewed as a substitute for consistent flossing. That is because mouthwash cannot as effectively remove bacteria from the crevices between teeth as flossing can. If you want to ace your next dental cleaning and checkup, make sure flossing is part of your daily routine.