Today’s general dentistry post is for those who want to make flossing a habit. At Chesterfield Smile Design, we want you to make flossing a part of your dental health routine, so your teeth, gums, and smile are healthy and happy.
Is flossing more important than brushing? Well, no. We think they’re about equal. Both are really important to dental health.
Brushing and flossing are important because together, they remove plaque from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that forms as food breaks down in your mouth. If it isn’t brushed away, it can harden into tartar, and cause tooth decay.
We generally advise using a length of ordinary dental floss, instead of a floss holder. Work a short length of floss between the gaps in your teeth and dig out any debris you find there.
If you want to, you can find flavored floss. That makes flossing more enjoyable. We’ve seen fruit flavored and mint flavored floss in the oral care products aisle at the grocery store.
Should you floss before you brush, or after? It really doesn’t make much of a difference. Some people have strong opinions one way or the other. We think the important thing is that you do both.
At Chesterfield Smile Design, we like to see our patients every six months for a thorough cleaning and checkup. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and treat conditions like sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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