There are some areas that your toothbrush simply can’t reach. Flossing twice per day is by far, the most effective way to remove food particles and plaque from between teeth and along the gum line. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush and floss your teeth twice each day.
Ideally you should floss your teeth immediately after you are done brushing. If plaque is not removed from between teeth and the gum line, it can harden into tartar leads to tooth decay and gum disease.
If you have a hard time work the floss between your teeth, you might want to use waxed floss. The waxy coating helps you work the floss between teeth, rather than risk snapping it and potentially injuring your gums. People with braces sometimes like to a floss threader to work floss into place.
When flossing you should start by cutting off a 16 to 18-inch piece of floss, and spool excess floss around your middle fingers. You can then work the floss between your teeth, and curve it into U shape to maximize the cleaning area. Make sure you floss up into the gum line as well as behind your back teeth. These areas can sometimes be ignored, yet it just as likely to harbor plaque and dangerous tartar.
If you’d like to learn more about flossing, please call our office at 505.592.0477 to schedule an appointment. We’re always happy to answer your questions. We look forward to seeing you!