With so many fancy, high-end electric toothbrushes available – is it still necessary to floss? Unfortunately (for many, that is) the answer is yes! Centennial, CO dentist, Dr. Kathleen Young recommends flossing at least once a day.
Brushing Can’t Clean Between Your Teeth
The most advanced electric toothbrush cannot clean the surface areas between your teeth – no matter how hard you try. As a result, these areas can easily develop cavities, even with the best of tooth brushing.
To properly access each surface, you want to wrap the floss snuggly in a “C” shape around each tooth, sliding it up and down several times, before moving to the next tooth. You should also floss behind your very back teeth – an area where your brush isn’t going to reach!
Gum Disease is Inevitable if You Don’t Floss
As bacterial plaque deposits itself between your teeth, it also creeps into the “pocket” area just below your gumlines. There, it causes tissue detachment, infection (gingivitis) and eventually bone loss. This condition is known as periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease.
Cleaning the area thoroughly each day will prevent tartar buildup and tissue detachment. It can even help to reverse signs of oral disease within two weeks. Unfortunately, a lengthy lapse in flossing may be the eventual cause of tooth loss for your smile.
Fixed Restorations Need Extra Care
Some areas provide additional surfaces for food or plaque to adhere to. Take a bridge for example – it is bonded directly to two teeth, with a false tooth spanning between them. Floss is the only way to clean under the bridge, and against the abutment teeth. This keeps the supporting teeth healthy and free of recurrent disease (making your bridge last longer.)
Still Hate Flossing? Consider This Alternative
If you loathe floss, floss picks, or other types of interdental cleaners, you might want to try using a water flosser. Water flossing is a great way to access hard-to-reach areas or even well below the gum tissues. But it can be a bit messy, so it takes some getting used to.
Skipping the floss is never a good idea. If you aren’t a regular flosser, then schedule a cleaning with our dentist in Centennial, CO to get your smile back in shape! Call Young Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.