Flossing Q and A

If you want to reduce the amount of time you need to spend in the dental chair, take good care of your teeth at home! Most people neglect flossing. Here are a few facts about floss that you might find interesting. If you have questions about flossing, just ask our hygienist to demonstrate simple techniques at your next visit.

What does floss do?

Flossing is a very helpful step in your oral hygiene routine for fighting cavities and gum disease. Flossing helps remove the food particles and plaque that gets stuck in between your teeth.

If plaque is not removed it turns into tartar, a calcified, insoluble substance that can only be completely removed during a professional cleaning. If tartar is not removed, it can contribute to the development of periodontal disease and halitosis (bad breath).

What’s in floss?

Floss is made of strands of nylon or plastic monofilaments. These strands can be coated with flavors, such as mint, which can make flossing very refreshing for your mouth.

What’s the difference between waxed and un-waxed floss?

There is little difference to the effectiveness of waxed and un-waxed floss. The best floss is the one you’ll use! It comes down to preference and what your prefer.

How does the ADA evaluate floss?

  • The floss is safe to use in the mouth.
  • The product does not harm the tissue in the mouth.
  • The floss is effective in reducing plaque and gingivitis.

Should I brush or floss first?

It doesn’t really matter whether you brush or floss first. However, if you floss first and then brush, the fluoride from the toothpaste has a better chance of reaching the spaces in between your teeth. Most dentists recommend flossing before bed instead of in the morning.

For information on flossing or to schedule a cleaning call Dr. James DeFinnis at 570-763-4360 and make an appointment today at our Trucksville, PA office or visit our website at www.backmountaindental.com.

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