No matter how well you brush or how long you rinse with mouthwash, there are still places in your mouth where neither a toothbrush or your rinse will reach. Those places are the areas between your teeth. Plaque and food particles can collect in those areas can cause tooth decay. And you won’t know it until it is too late. To combat this problem, you need to find that container of floss in the corner of your medicine cabinet, bathroom drawer or under the sink, dust it off, and take it out for a spin.
It doesn’t matter if you brush or floss first, just as long as you do a good job of both. Waxed floss may side between your teeth or over dental work easier than unwaxed, and monofilament floss is less likely to shred as you use it than nylon floss. Start with 18 inches of floss, and wrap most of it around each middle finger, giving yourself about two inches. Start at your back teeth and work your way forward. Wrap the floss around the tooth, and floss under and then away from your gumline. Use a fresh section of floss for each tooth to avoid spreading the bacteria and food debris around your mouth, and dispose of the floss when you are done.
Flossing at least once a day, combined with brushing twice a day and regular visits to your dentist for your checkups will help to maintain your smile. If it is time for your cleaning and checkup, or if you are looking for a dentist for your family, come in and meet our dentist, Dr. John Burkart at Burkart Dental. If you live in the Aurora, Colorado, area and would like to make an appointment to see us, call 303-693-7330 today. Let’s get started on your healthy smile!