The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every day for optimal oral hygiene. Unfortunately, surveys conducted by the ADA have revealed that less than 50 percent of adults in the U. S. are following this advice.
To ensure that you are taking proper care of your teeth, it is important to understand why flossing is so important and how often you should be doing it. Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth and is one of the best ways to remove plaque between your teeth. It is recommended to floss before brushing your teeth so that you can brush away plaque and food particles that come off with dental floss with a brush. Dental floss, when used correctly, removes food debris and plaque from the teeth, preventing gum disease. The most common place in the mouth where cavities develop is actually between the patient's teeth, the exact area that is cleaned when you use dental floss.
The ADA also strongly recommends using dental floss or an interdental cleaner (such as interdental brushes, toothpicks, or interdental cleaners) daily to further improve oral health and reduce the risks of tooth decay and gum disease. It doesn't really matter if you floss in the morning or at night. The time of day you floss should be determined based on when you have time and when you are least likely to forget it or choose not to. Keep the dental floss right next to the toothpaste and toothbrush and make sure it's visible. Removing it can serve as a reminder not to skip the step. Floss your teeth thoroughly but carefully, make sure you reach the gum line, but don't force it too hard or too hard as this can damage your gums.
There are also a normal amount of bacteria that should live in your mouth, and brushing too much can wreak havoc on what should be a healthy balance. Once you've reached a week of flossing once a day along with brushing your teeth, set a goal to stay that way for another week. Pretty soon, you won't even have to think about it. In addition to traditional dental floss, which is dispensed from a container in any length of your choice, you can also buy dental floss sticks. While some people like to include flossing as part of their morning ritual and starting the day with a clean mouth, others prefer to floss before bed to go to sleep with a clean mouth. Keep up with regular flossing and include it once a day in your oral health routine and bleeding and sensitivity will decrease; if not, see your dentist or hygienist. To sum up, brushing twice a day and flossing once a day are essential for maintaining good oral hygiene.
Flossing helps remove plaque from areas that toothbrushes cannot reach, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. Make sure to include flossing in your daily routine for optimal oral health.