Most people have gotten their brushing routine down. They brush in the morning and before they go to bed. Some even brush after every meal. But the majority of people are still not regular flossers. Using an interdental cleaner, such as floss, is an absolutely essential part of a good oral hygiene routine. Brushing without getting in between your teeth means that you are leaving a good percentage of food particles and bacteria in your mouth.
Skipping just one day of flossing can let bacteria thrive
Brushing really only cleans the surface of the teeth. If the interdental area between teeth is not cleaned, it can lead to bad breath and/or gingivitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease, where the gums become red and inflamed. Leftover food particles can lead to plaque buildup, which can lead to irritation to the gums. If gum inflammation goes unchecked, it can weaken the gums to the point of tooth loss.
There is a right way to floss
It is ineffective to just floss back and forth in between teeth. To efficiently clean between teeth, you should curl the floss around each tooth in a C-shape. Slide up and down each tooth and gently below the gumline. To prevent moving bacteria from one tooth to the next, move to a clean piece of floss for each tooth.
Flossing is an important part of a good oral hygiene routine
Dr. Fondriest can help you create a good dental hygiene routine including brushing and flossing. Lake Forest Dental Arts proudly serve patients from West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office in Lake Forest, IL, today at 847-234-0517.