Do you dutifully floss in between every single tooth last thing at night or is this one essential task that tends to fall by the wayside unless you can feel there is something stuck in between your teeth. While some of us will always floss in between our teeth, dentists at the Cosmetic Dentistry Center are all too well aware that others aren’t quite so vigilant. There are lots of reasons why people fail to floss, and one that is often repeated is that it takes too long, or that it doesn’t seem to be actually achieving anything.

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Why Floss?

These are perhaps fair comments to make as many people do find flossing difficult, while others don’t have sufficient dexterity to carry it out properly. However daily flossing is important to your dental health as every day a plaque biofilm builds up over the surface of your teeth. This is a sticky layer that contains lots of bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. It’s essential this layer of plaque is removed from your teeth, particularly from just around the gum line and in between each tooth. Flossing is one of the most effective ways to help get rid of this layer of plaque as it manually scrapes it away. When carried out properly then flossing should only take a few minutes to complete, and it should be highly effective.

Cleaning in between Your Teeth More Effectively

A couple of points that can make all the difference are to choose a dental floss you feel comfortable using, and to cut off a decent length. Nowadays there are lots of different types and they even come in different widths which can make it much easier if your teeth are tightly packed together. Lots of people tend to try to economize on their use of dental floss and think the task can be accomplished by using a relatively short length. In fact you need to length of around 18 inches to make sure each tooth has a fresh section of dental floss. Flossing techniques are something that’s best explained in person, so make sure you ask for a demonstration next time you visit the Cosmetic Dentistry Center. We are sure that we can easily teach you how to floss properly and effectively, keeping your smile looking its best. But what happens if you lack enough dexterity to use dental floss?

Oral Irrigators

In this case we might suggest something called an oral irrigator. It’s also called a water flosser, and works by pulsing water under high pressure in between your teeth and just below the gum line. It’s an electric device that can be handheld or might even be rechargeable. Once you get used to the sensation, this method of plaque removal can be very efficient. There are lots of different water flosser tips available that can be used in a variety of different situations. These can be great if you have fixed braces or if you have a significant amount of dental work such as dental implants or bridges. These devices aren’t very expensive and can be invaluable for people who cannot floss effectively, or even for those who lack the incentive to floss daily.