When dentists ask you if you have been flossing, they are not just asking if you have been doing the latest dance craze. They want to know if you are keeping up with your good dental habits. Along with brushing twice a day, flossing before you go to bed every night is a good way to help prevent cavities and gum disease. If you have questions or concerns about flossing, your Leawood, KS, dentist is happy to answer and address them during your regular checkups and cleanings. In the meantime, here is more information about it that will help you maintain your oral health.

It Is Not Just What Is On Top, But What Is In Between, Too

Brushing your teeth is a good way to remove bacteria from the tops and sides of your teeth. But to really get rid of it, you will need to floss. Leftover food sometimes sticks between the teeth. If left there, it will become plaque, which contains bacteria. This bacteria loves to eat food and sugar in your mouth. When it does, it emits an acid that eats away at your teeth, causing cavities. Over time, this plaque gets harder and becomes tartar. Its accumulation may lead to gum disease. You will have to visit your Leawood, KS, dentist to remove tartar.  

How You Should Clean Between Your Teeth

Feeling that strand of food between your teeth may cause you to reach for the nearest pointed object to remove it. In fact, one study showed that most Americans used their fingernails, folded paper, cutlery, and even safety pins (ow!) to get rid of food between their teeth. As you can imagine, these items can harm your teeth and gums (especially safety pins!). We recommend that you use tools that are designed specifically for cleaning between your teeth. These include string floss, dental picks, water flossers, and tiny brushes. We can help you figure out which is the best one for you.

No Time Like The Present

While we suggest flossing each night before going to sleep, it can really take place anytime you want. The key is to do a thorough job when you do it. And remember, it should not cause you any pain. If you notice your gums are bleeding, you may be doing it too hard. However, if you are too gentle, you may not get rid of the leftover food. We can show you the proper pressure when you visit us during your scheduled appointments. We are also happy to show your children how to properly floss.

Schedule An Appointment With Us Today

We can help you get on the road to good oral hygiene habits. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park and all surrounding communities.