When it comes to your oral hygiene flossing is more important than brushing your teeth, says Farber Center hygienist Kristen Ranaldo. However, most people leave it out of their daily oral care routine.
Why Should I Floss?
Brushing twice a day can only reach so far in your mouth.
However, flossing removes plaque from your teeth to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque is made up of 500 bacterial species, which are both good and bad. Daily activity like eating, drinking, and other activities could contribute to disease in the gums and teeth.
Plaque not removed can harden and turn into tartar (or calculus). And once plaque turns into tartar, only a dentist can remove it.
Introducing Flossing Into Your Routine
When you first introduce flossing into your routine, it may cause some discomfort, but that should ease within a week or two. If the pain or discomfort continues, talk to your dentist.
Long Term Benefits
By ensuring you floss and brush your teeth regularly, as recommended, as well as having regular dental check-ups, you are doing all you can to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. This will save you a huge amount of money, as the cost of one filling along can be in the $100s!
Flossing takes very little time or effort and can easily form part of your daily tooth ritual. An extra minute or two per day will be well worth it when you don’t have to pay for fillings or tooth extractions.