Regular dental visits and practicing good oral hygiene are excellent ways to maintain great oral health and avoid future health complications. A good preventive care routine means brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing everyday, and visiting our office every six months for cleanings and exams. These will save you countless hours spent in our office down the line, and you won’t need to shell out the big bucks on complex dental treatments and procedures that could have been avoided.
Your Preventive Care Toolbox
Today, we want to take a closer look at one of the important pillars of preventive care that is often overlooked: flossing. There are a variety of flossing tools on the market that can help you clean the surfaces in between your teeth. Let’s talk about traditional string floss and floss picks, two of the more affordable options.
Traditional floss may not be flashy or exciting, but it certainly gets the job done. Dental floss helps you reach the extra 40% of your tooth’s surface that your toothbrush simply can’t reach. It’s cheap, effective, and readily available. There are also plenty of flavor options, ranging from traditional flavors like cinnamon and mint to more wacky flavors like bacon and bubblegum, so you’re sure to find something that suits your taste.
Floss picks are a great, on-the-go option for cleaning teeth. These plastic hand-held picks come pre-threaded with dental floss and are easy to maneuver, even in hard-to-reach places in the back of your mouth. They’re small, cheap, and easy to use.
Daily Flossing Contributes to a Healthy Mouth
No matter which flossing tool you choose, you can feel confident that you’re doing your part at-home to clean your teeth and fight decay. Regular flossing will help prevent cavities, gum disease, and a variety of other dental conditions. Although flossing may not be the most thrilling, your teeth and your gums will thank you!
Have More Questions About Oral Care? We Have Answers!
If you have any additional questions about flossing or your oral care routine for our team here at Southwest Smiles or want to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Chittajallu, contact us today!