How often do you floss? If you’re like most Americans, the answer is probably not very often. In fact, it’s estimated that only four of ten people in America floss daily, and 20% of the country’s population never flosses altogether.
However, flossing is an integral part of any good oral health regimen. It cleans teeth where your brush can’t reach, and doesn’t add nearly as much time as you may think to your daily oral health regimen. This is why Dr. Mark Curtis and Dr. Edward Reifman reminds you during every visit to floss regularly – it doesn’t take much time and has many benefits.
Let’s take a look at what some of those benefits are.
Floss at night
Unlike brushing, you only need to floss once per day. It’s recommended that you floss at night, because that gives your mouth an eight-hour period of rest (if you manage to get all your eight hours of sleep each night) where it’s not dealing with food or anything else.
Don’t ‘saw’ back and forth
A lot of people make the mistake of ‘sawing’ their floss back and forth between their teeth. This abrades your teeth, creates grooves, and may eventually even saw off the crown.
Instead, insert the floss at your gum line and drag it down between the gaps in your teeth.
Use new floss
Don’t use the same piece of floss to clean between two separate teeth. Once used, a piece of floss is loaded with bacteria – all you doing by reusing floss is spread more germs around your mouth. That’s the opposite effect you want flossing to have.
If you have any other questions about flossing, or need help learning proper techniques, don’t hesitate to contact our office today at 928-277-4754. We’re more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have.