After eating, you more than likely have leftover particles of food or sugar left in the nooks of your mouth. This results in bacteria growth, but flossing is the best way to immediately get rid of those irritating food fragments. Using floss helps prevent enamel damage, infections, gum (periodontal) diseases, and cavities. Forestwood Dental are prepared to assist you with your dental care needs and give you the information you need to keep your teeth healthy and protected.
Regularly visiting your dentist and brushing your teeth will definitely go a long way when preventing plaque buildup, but flossing will ultimately be one of the biggest factors in caring for your teeth. Like a puzzle, each individual needs a certain floss that fits into their dental care. Different flosses include regular, flavored/unflavored, waxed/unwaxed, or even comfort floss. Water flossing is another substitute to reach difficult nooks and crannies in your teeth. It is a great substitute for those with braces or dental bridges when you don’t want to use floss threaders.
Start off your flossing regimen by taking about 15-20 inches of floss and winding the ends around your middle fingers. Using your forefingers and thumbs, smoothly press the floss into a U shape between your teeth moving up and down to remove any food particles or plaque. Do not keep this piece of floss; it contains old plaque you could eventually back on your teeth.
By the time your child is about 10 years old, they will have learned the proper flossing technique if you start flossing their teeth when they turn 2 or when their growing teeth come close to one another. Teaching them early will establish the importance of flossing once a day. Be sure to help them with their flossing technique until they have it down.
Our dental professionals at our office in Spring, Texas, are happy to schedule a consultation or appointment. Give us a call at 281-547-0837 to get professional dental care today and a better cleaning at Forestwood Dental.