Whenever a patient comes in for his or her semi-annual appointment, our dental team takes the time to learn about his or he daily dental routine. Over the years, we have found that many dental patients are failing to floss their smiles as recommended!
Our Toluca Lake dentists want to help you get the most out of your daily oral hygiene routine, and that means that you have to floss! So let’s review the basics of healthy flossing habits.
1. Floss everyday
Don’t skip! Remember, plaque is always building up on your smile—ever single day. So you have to be equally tenacious about clearing plaque from your smile.
2. Floss at night
It is most beneficial for your smile for you to floss your teeth at night, right before you brush your teeth. By sticking to this schedule, you dislodge plaque that has built up throughout the day, and then immediately brush it away, in order to give your smile a clean slate before you go to sleep.
3. Pick a type of floss that works for you
There are many different flavors/types available on the market today. When buying floss, just pick a type that works for your smile. Make sure that the taste isn’t off-putting for you, and make sure that the floss does not shred when you move it between your teeth. If you have any questions about what type of floss is right for you, your dentist will be able to point you in the right direction.
Once you start flossing, you will be amazed at how much fresher and cleaner you mouth feels. A strong daily dental hygiene routine includes both brushing and flossing.
If you would like to get more information about daily, at-home dental hygiene habits, please call our Toluca Lake dentists at your convenience!