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There are so many types of floss methods on the market today that there really is no good reason to skip this important part of a good oral hygiene routine. Flossing clears plaque-causing bacteria between your pearly whites, something your toothbrush is not designed to do. So besides finding a good toothbrush and toothpaste to tuck in your oral hygiene kit, find a flossing method you will like and use!

–Waxed floss is sturdy and comes in flavors and unflavored. It slides easily between teeth that are tightly spaced. It is popular with people who wear braces.

–Unwaxed floss squeaks when rubbed against teeth letting you know that plaque (sticky film) has been successfully rubbed off.

–Flossing sticks are for people who can’t maneuver floss properly between their fingers–children, people with arthritis or other disability. Flossing sticks can be used with one hand. Besides flossing sticks, you can use small round brushes, pointed rubber tips and interdental cleaners which are wooden or plastic picks.

–Wide floss, also called dental tape, is helpful for patients with bridgework or who have wide spaces than is typical between teeth.

Flossing is a matter of finding a method that works best for you and then making time to do it. Whether you floss before or after brushing your teeth, before bed or when you wake up, doesn’t matter. NOT flossing leads to bleeding gums. Any floss tool removes bacteria and food particles from your teeth, so find one that you like and stick to it and your pearly whites will thank you.

Since flossing is your #1 plaque-fighting weapon in the battle for optimal oral health (According to the Academy of General Dentistry, or AGD) you really don’t want to skip this crucial step. For more information, see your dentist or give our team at Greenwood Dental a call at 323-215-1400 today!