How regularly do you floss? Is it part of your daily oral hygiene regimen, or do you consistently find a reason not to perform this important action for maintaining healthy teeth and gums? According to a recent survey, only 49% of Americans floss every day, while 10% never floss at all. Unfortunately, this poor compliance with flossing can result in serious oral health issues down the road.
Flossing is actually more important than brushing your teeth. It is the only way to remove the buildup of plaque between your teeth, and it has a greater impact on your ability to prevent gum disease and tooth loss.
To maintain optimal levels of oral health, you should floss once a day. Start with an 18-inch piece of dental floss. Wrap the ends of the floss around your middle fingers and grasp the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers. Gently guide the floss between your teeth and move it down toward the gum line. Curve it around one tooth and rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum line in an up-and-down motion. Repeat this motion with all of your teeth.
You should also visit Glendale dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox twice a year for your regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings. At these appointments, Dr. Wilcox will remove any plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth and check to make sure are not developing the early stages of tooth decay or gum disease.
Please contact Desert Smiles today to schedule your next dental checkup. Dr. Donald Wilcox serves patients in Phoenix, Glendale, and Scottsdale, Arizona.