Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA
We have previously shared how flossing is beneficial to your oral health and how it can protect you against developing cavities and gum disease. It even helps prevent bad breath. But, while you might appreciate these benefits, flossing also does a lot for your overall health too, like reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, and even respiratory illnesses. If you read our comprehensive guide to flossing, then you know that here at Smiles by Dr. Cook, we firmly believe in the importance of flossing. If you want to reap these benefits, however, you must floss correctly. Today on the blog, our general dentist in Poway, Dr. Nicol Cook, explains five ways to amp up your flossing routine.
Floss after you brush
This is a much-debated topic, and truth be told, it boils down to what works for you. Whether you floss before or after you brush, the fact of the matter is that you actually floss. However, there is evidence that flossing after you brush if most effective. That way, the floss removes any debris left over from brushing.
Floss before bed
Technically, it would be best if you floss once per day within a 24-hour period. While flossing at night is ideal because your mouth will be without any food or drink for the longest stretch of time, by all means, floss during the morning if that suits your schedule best. The most important thing is that you floss daily. So, don’t get too hung up on the time of day that you floss, but more importantly, just do it every day.
Use the right kind of floss
Nowadays, stores everywhere are inundated with a plethora of options for just about everything that we buy, even dental floss. But, the right kind of floss to purchase is the one that works best for you and your dexterity needs. Floss is available in different textures and thicknesses, so choose one that you will use, and that works best on your teeth. Just be sure that the floss you choose holds the American Dental Association’s seal of approval.
Use the correct technique
There are many wrong ways to floss and only one right way. Popping the floss between your teeth won’t do any good. Neither will moving the floss in a sawing-like motion. Not only are both of these methods not doing much good in the first place, but you also could injure your gums, causing more harm than good. The correct flossing technique is to wrap the floss around your teeth, forming a “C” shape and move it in an up and down motion along each tooth’s side about two or three times. Continue this motion until you floss all of your teeth. If you still are unsure whether you are flossing correctly, ask us to show you how to floss when you come in for your next appointment at our general dentistry office in Poway.
Avoid reusing floss
In efforts to save money or going green, people reuse a lot of different things. Washing and reusing take-out containers, reusing the same towel for a few days after bathing, or saving shipping boxes for later use are common ways people save money and protect the environment. But, reusing floss doesn’t work that way because doing so could reintroduce harmful bacteria that you aimed to remove in the first place. Not only is reusing floss a bad idea, but you also should move to a new section of floss as you work your way between teeth.
Flossing might be inconvenient to many people, but it is a necessary step to protect both your oral health and overall health. Implementing these five tips will ensure that your flossing routine is effective and that you can enjoy optimal oral health for the long-term. To learn more, call (858) 673-0141 or contact Smiles by Dr. Cook today. Dr. Cook is a family dentist that accepts new patients. We provide services to the areas of Poway and Rancho Bernardo, California.