Why is dental floss so important? The reason we floss is because harmful materials and food residing in our mouths can combine with bacteria to form plaque. Plaque is capable of producing harmful acids that can eat through our tooth enamel and gum tissue, causing tooth decay and gum disease. Although plaque is easy enough to clean with brushing, there are some areas between our teeth that brushing alone cannot reach. This is where floss comes in handy.
Dental floss can clean the areas between teeth safely and effectively. However, not all dental floss is created equally. Some floss can easily shred and tear, making cleaning much more difficult and potentially improbable. Always look for shred-resistant dental floss. In addition, be sure to clean between every tooth every single session, which should take approximately 2-3 minutes per cleaning.
When cleaning between teeth, form the floss into a “c” shape so it can curve around each tooth to hit and floss all sides. In addition, never use the same area of the floss between more than one tooth, as this can cause cross-contamination. Instead, use a floss strand about 18 inches long so you have plenty of space to use a new section of the thread between each tooth. Don’t forget to clean behind your back teeth as well.
Make sure to take good care of your permanent teeth, as they need to last a lifetime. For more information about dental floss, or to schedule an oral exam with Dr. Langston and Dr. Pappas and our team at Dental Implant and Aesthetic Specialists of Atlanta, give us a call at (404) 321-4588. Our dentists’ office is conveniently located in Decatur, Georgia. We look forward to hearing from you soon!