If you don’t already floss regularly, you should definitely integrate flossing into your daily dental routine in order to practice good oral hygiene. Why?
In addition to brushing and using mouthwash twice a day, dental floss is an essential ritual to help you take proper care of both your teeth and your gums. Flossing helps clean the crevices between and around your teeth that your toothbrush and mouth wash can’t clean and remove.
According to the American Dental Association, “cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach … together with food debris, water and other components, the plaque buildup around the teeth and on the gum line will contribute to disease in teeth and gums.” Floss is a proven method to reduce plaque, which helps prevent cavities.
In 2016, a controversial study claimed there were no benefits to flossing whatsoever, but NPR confirms flossing does “get rid of films of bacteria that gunk up the space between teeth, causing infections and, potentially, contributing to bigger health problems.” The findings of the study affirm that just flossing isn’t a good enough dental routine, but combined with brushing and rinsing, can indeed help fight off bacteria.
Cavities and more in-depth procedures, like root canals, aren’t cheap. Flossing not only benefits your oral health, but your own financial health. If you floss regularly, you save money in the long term because you’re investing in a strong, healthy smile.
Other healthy habits for good oral hygiene include practicing a balanced diet, using anADA-approved fluoride mouthwash, and visiting your local dentist regularly for check-ups and exams.
Additionally, the ADA stressed the importance of understanding the proper technique for cleaning your teeth. If you’re curious about what other dental habits are best for your teeth, call (215) 791-8881 to schedule an appointment with our Philadelphia dentist, Dr. Rice, who has over 40 years of experience. Invest in a healthy smile today!