Did you know that you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces if you aren’t flossing?
Many patients believe that regular brushing alone will give them a good report with the hygienist at their next appointment. And yes, brushing twice a day is a very important step in good oral hygiene, you’re really not reaching a lot of the cavity-causing bacteria if you rely on brushing alone.
We all know how a toothbrush works – it gently removes the plaque from your teeth through the use of toothpaste and fluoride. But the toothbrush bristles miss most of where plaque likes to hide most – in between your teeth and under the gums!
Dental floss reaches the tight cracks in between your teeth and under your gums to reach the areas that the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach. Plus, with less between your teeth, the fluoride in your toothpaste can do more of the heavy lifting in your mouth by reaching areas previously blocked by plaque.
We found a great video from Colgate that demonstrates how to floss and thought you’d enjoy seeing it as well:
If you’ve got any questions regarding proper flossing technique, give us a call at 587-317-7713 (New Patients) or 403-980-0404 (Existing Patients) or click here to ask away! We’re happy to answer all of your questions!