Studies show that almost everyone brushes their teeth at least once a day. However, many people seem to be unaware of how important flossing is to your oral health. Less than 25% of people floss daily. Unfortunately, this can lead to big dental and periodontal problems. Learn more about what makes flossing important with Dr. Chanda Bennett at Bella Dentistry, LLC in Athens, GA.
Why is flossing important?
Dentists recommend flossing daily because there are certain areas of the mouth which your toothbrush’s bristles simply cannot reach. Floss reaches between and under the teeth to remove plaque, bacteria, and food particles which could become lodged there. Additionally, flossing under the gumline helps prevents gum disease.
Flossing correctly is just as important as flossing in the first place. Use a length of floss long enough to wrap around both forefingers and use a different part of the floss for each tooth. Using a fresh strand of floss for each quadrant of the mouth cuts down on the spread of bacteria from one area of the mouth to another. Gently floss between each tooth, bringing the floss all the way down and under the gum to catch any bacteria, food particles, or plaque which could be caught there. Do not forget to floss the back of each of your back molars.
How often should I see my dentist?
Those who are at average risk of tooth decay or gum disease should see their dentist at least twice a year. Some people who are more prone to these conditions may require more frequent dental examinations and cleanings. Your dentist can help you determine the best schedule for your visits.
For more information on the best oral care routine for you, please contact Dr. Chanda Bennett at Bella Dentistry, LLC in Athens, GA. Call 706-546-7722 to schedule a dental examination and cleaning with Dr. Bennett today!