Haven’t been flossing everyday? Life gets busy especially around the holiday time, we get it! New year, new routines – here’s why flossing should be an integral part of your at-home oral care routine on a daily basis. Because routine teeth cleanings every six months are just not enough.

What exactly does flossing do?

So what is all the rage on flossing? Physically you can see that flossing removes plaque from between teeth, and your gum line. Plaque forms around your teeth and gum line when the bacteria in your mouth mixes with starchy or sugary foods and drinks. Although plaque formation is extremely common and a normal part of life, it is important to get routine teeth cleanings & check-ups  twice a year or more, if directed by your dntl bar dentist. Excessive plaque build-up may eventually result in the release of acids that could lead to the breakdown of your tooth enamel.

Prevents cavities and tooth decay

By removing the plaque from between your teeth, you are taking precautions against plaque build up. According to the dntl bar clinical team, if you avoid flossing and removing plaque the breakdown of your tooth enamel can lead to cavities and tooth decay. The best solutions to prevent cavities are to keep up with your routine teeth cleanings and dental exams while also keeping a consistent at-home oral care routine. Your at-home self care routine should include brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush twice daily for at least 2 minutes, and flossing at least once a day. Consistency is key when it comes to tips to maintaining good oral health.

Reduces chances of bad breath

While plaque build up is very common, it could lead to some unpleasant symptoms. Some signs you may have plaque on your teeth are bad breath, swollen and tender gums that may bleed after brushing, and a fuzzy feeling on the teeth.

By scheduling a routine teeth cleaning & check-up your dntl bar dentist will manually scrape plaque and tartar from your teeth. They may also recommend:

  • Dental sealants to keep plaque from forming on top of your teeth
  • Medications to increase your saliva production
  • Prescription toothpastes or antibacterial mouthwash

Additionally, you may want to ask your dental hygienist for some of their recommendations for at-home oral care tips. Such as, chewing sugarless gum with an American Dental Association (ADA) seal, cutting back on sugary and starchy foods, or as simple as making an appointment to see your dentist. If you feel that your teeth need some extra care in between your bi-yearly dental cleanings, dntl bar offers an extra cleaning option for existing patients that may want an extra cleaning in between their routine dental exams.

Your dental professional may recommend the added use of mouthwash or mouth rinse. It is important to note that mouthwash and or mouth rinse do not replace the benefits of brushing and flossing your teeth. Using a mouthwash or mouth rinse in conjunction with brushing and flossing can be beneficial to your symptoms and overall oral health.

What are the best types of floss for your teeth?

While there are many different types of floss on the market, our dntl bar hygienists recommend using a floss with a bit of texture. One of our favorites is Cocofloss. This floss is specially made with over 500 strands of weaving to make it durable yet able to attract plaque like a magnet due to its textured fabric.

Sometimes if a floss is too thin it will simply glide through the plaque without removing it from your mouth. The best thing you can do is visit your dentist for your in-depth professional teeth cleaning, while maintaining consistency with your at-home care. If you have any questions on how to get the most out of flossing, always feel free to ask dntl bar’s clinical team at your local office or click here to book your next dntl bar exam.

Resources +

https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-flossing
https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/tossing-flossing-2016081710196
https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/10953-plaquehttps://cocofloss.com/pages/why-cocofloss