Unlike mouthwash and toothbrush adverts on TV, dental floss is rarely spoken about or shown in mainstream media, it’s only until you visit your Bath dental practice that you will be encouraged to floss your teeth daily from that point onwards! As it’s not spoken about as much as other elements of dental care and oral hygiene, we wanted to answer the question ‘how important is it to floss teeth?’ in this article and give you a breakdown of the benefits, tips and tricks on the best technique and which materials you should use for long-lasting dental care.
So, why should you floss your teeth?
Dental flossing should make up one third of your daily tooth cleaning routine – brush, mouthwash and then floss. Without flossing your teeth, as well as attending regular dental hygiene appointments you’re leaving behind plaque particles to sit between your teeth and gum line, which neither brushing or mouthwash will be able to reach. No expert toothbrush or high-strength mouthwash will be able to get into these small areas where tiny bits of food reside, so it’s best to use dental floss to make sure the teeth are thoroughly clean.
What happens when you don’t use dental floss?
If plaque is built up over a period of time, it can lead to cavities in the tooth (holes in the teeth which require fillings) and if an infection occurs, or if the cavity is left for too lunch without being treated and it reaches the root of the tooth, you may require root canal treatment. This is why keeping the spaces between your teeth clean is so important. Let’s be honest, you don’t want to keep having to come back to your Bath dental clinic every year for another filling or two!
As dentists we believe it’s important that adults of all ages get used to a routine which encourages 3-5 minutes of dental flossing daily, which will lower your risk of dental problems in the future.
What should I use to floss my teeth?
There are a few different types of dental flossing devices which are all just as good as each other. Sometimes it is down to personal preference as to which device you use, but we have picked a few below which you can find in all supermarkets or pharmacies:
Dental floss is the most common type of flossing type and is easy to keep in your purse or day bag when eating out or on-the-go. Simply take 18-20cm of the floss and wind it around your two forefingers for the best grip and then simply slide the floss in between your teeth, reaching up to your gums, making sure you get into all of the gaps. It may take some practice, but it is definitely worth the time and effort in the long run!
Interdental brushes are great if you’re looking for something slightly easier than the dental floss and come in a range of sizes so you can choose the best and most appropriate for your teeth and gums. Both dental floss and interdental brushes reach the gum line and in between teeth where your normal toothbrush can’t, so it’s important you find the best flossing solutions for you.
Many people would normally associate toothpicks with cocktail sausage sticks! However, we encourage you to use professional tooth picks which you buy online easily, which you can use in between meals. Many of the professional toothpicks are made using a flexible material so you can easily get in between small gaps.
Keep up with your oral health with Widcombe Dental Practice
Of course, there are many ways to keep in check with your oral health, including regular dental hygiene appointments and 6 month – one year dental check-ups. In the meantime, and if you’re not sure the best dental floss device to use to maximise your oral health, contact our friendly and knowledgeable dental staff who will be able to instruct accordingly. It’s important to us that our patients receive the best oral care possible, both in and out of our Bath dental practice. We look forward to hearing from you soon.