August 17, 2017

Brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day and visiting your dentist or periodontist regularly can do more than just keep your smile bright and clean. It can also help prevent conditions like gum disease that eventually lead to teeth and bone loss if left unchecked. Flossing may seem like a simple task and not as important as brushing, but in the long run, it can make a huge difference in the fight against gum disease. Gingivitis, which is gum disease in its earliest form, affects close to 75 percent of the people in the United States, and flossing is a big part of the cure.

Even when you brush your teeth, debris, bacteria and food can get stuck in the little pockets that the toothbrush can reach. Whether your teeth are too close together or just hard to reach with a brush, floss is designed to loosen those particles to be removed by rinsing and brushing. Flossing also helps keep your breath fresh and polishes the surface of the tooth.

What Type of Floss Should You Use?

There are many different types of floss, and it’s often hard to tell which type to use. Dr. Codelli is happy to discuss the right type of floss with you, but we have a few suggestions.

  • If you have bridgework, you may want to use wide floss or dental tape.
  • If you have a space between your teeth that is wider than average, dental tape is also your best bet.
  • If your teeth are abnormally close together, waxed floss is easier to get into those hard to reach spaces.
  • If you want solid proof that your teeth are clean, unwaxed floss may squeak when moved against clean teeth.

While there are mechanical flossing options and oral irrigation tools, nothing compares to good old-fashioned flossing by hand.

Give Us a Call

If you are concerned about gum disease and want to learn more about the best way to fight it, schedule an appointment today with us at Solid City Smiles.



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