The American Dental Association recommends that you brush and floss your teeth at least twice per day. Brushing your teeth helps to remove food particles and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. A toothpaste with fluoride additive also helps strengthen tooth enamel which helps prevent tooth decay. Unfortunately, there are some spots that your toothbrush simply can’t clean.
Immediately after brushing your teeth you should floss to remove food particles and plaque from between the teeth and along the gum line. Plaque in these areas will eventually harden into tartar which promotes tooth decay and is the leading cause of gum disease.
The most effective flossing routine starts by cutting off a 16 to 18-inch piece of floss. 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 in easily without risk of injuring your gums.
Work the floss between your teeth, then curve it into U shape. 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 928-634-5566 to schedule an appointment. We’re always happy to answer your questions. We look forward to seeing you!