How often do you floss? Do you frequently come up with reasons not to? If so, you are in good company. According to a 2008 survey, only 49% of Americans floss daily, and 10% admit to never flossing at all. Unfortunately, this poor compliance with a regular flossing routine can lead to serious oral health issues down the road.
Flossing at least once a day is an important step in the removal of plaque and food particles from between your teeth that cannot be reached by a toothbrush. If you fail to floss, this plaque will build up and harden, forming a substance called tartar. Over time, plaque and tartar can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
The flossing process is simple, and it will only take you a few minutes to complete. Wrap the floss around the middle fingers of each hand. Grasp the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers and use a gentle motion to guide it between your teeth. Wrap the floss around the contours of your tooth when it meets your gum line, and move it in an up-and-down motion to remove food particles and plaque.
Of course, regular brushing and flossing should not be the only component of your dental hygiene routine. It is also important to come to our Phoenix dental office twice a year for your dental checkup and teeth cleaning. This will help ensure that you maintain optimal levels of oral health for years to come.
Please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule your professional teeth cleaning appointment. Dr. Donald Wilcox serves patients in Phoenix, Glendale, and Scottsdale, Arizona.