Don't Neglect Your Flossing Habit
If you aren’t someone who flosses regularly, it’s time you start!
While brushing your teeth is one thing that most people do regularly, not as many people take the time to floss their teeth. We’ve heard all the excuses in the book. “My teeth are too tightly spaced to get floss to fit” or “I just get so tired at night that I forget to floss.” Flossing is a necessary part of your oral routine, and without it, you could increase your chances of developing decay or gum disease. Our McDonough, GA, dentist Dr. Robert Brooks provides a little insight into flossing and its importance.
Why Should You Be Flossing?
As we mentioned above, if you don’t floss, this can leave your teeth and gums prone to gingivitis and cavities, particularly between teeth. Every time you neglect to floss you leave food and plaque to linger in those tight spots between teeth where your toothbrush won’t be able to reach.
Since plaque buildup and food have settled between your teeth, it makes it even more difficult for your toothpaste to do its job and clean these surfaces. As a result, decay begins to form. Plus, plaque quickly hardens into tartar, which your at-home toothbrush won’t be able to remove. Since tartar is the cause of gum disease, it’s important that you also visit our McDonough, GA, family dentist every six months for preventive cleanings and exams.
How Often Do You Need to Floss?
Most people worry that flossing will take up a lot of time, but you only need to floss once a day. In the beginning, it may be a bit more time-consuming, as you figure out what techniques do and don’t work for you. However, just like anything else, the more often you do it, the easier it will get. If you are unsure about how to floss your teeth properly or feel like your technique isn’t getting your teeth as clean as it should, then you can always ask us to show you the best methods for flossing.
Don’t neglect your oral care regimen. Flossing can easily become a natural part of your routine. Turn to Brooks Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in McDonough, GA, if you have questions about flossing your teeth or if you need to schedule your six-month cleaning.