You hear it every time you go to the dentist – remember to brush
and floss! Most of us do remember to brush our teeth at least twice a
day, but sometimes, flossing gets left by the wayside. Why is that? Many
people feel that flossing takes too long, or hurts, or isn’t really
necessary for dental health. Well, in truth, flossing is the one thing
you can do that will allow you keep all of your teeth for a lifetime.
In 1815, a dentist from New Orleans discovered that sliding threads of
silk between his patients’ teeth removed small food particles that
were trapped and improved the condition of their gum tissue. Since then,
flossing has been a staple of good oral hygiene habits. Flossing, or sliding
dental floss in between your teeth, helps to keep the spaces between your
teeth free of debris and plaque and can also prevent gingivitis and periodontal
disease. Contrary to what you may think, flossing is essential to tooth health.
Because the space between everyone’s teeth varies, there are many
different kinds of dental floss available. If you have a lot of space
between your teeth, then you need a thicker floss, sometimes with wax,
to ensure that you pick up all of the remaining food particles between
your teeth. If you have tight contacts between your teeth, a thinner dental
floss is better for you to use so that you can easily slide it between
If you have difficulty using floss due to lack of manual dexterity, there
are pick flossers available, which allows you just to hold the end of
the pick and slide the floss attached to the end between your teeth. Floss
handles are also sold in stores, and you can use them with regular dental floss.
Call The Szikman Dental Group, P.C. today and our hygienists can instruct you
on the best way to properly floss all of your teeth so that you can keep
them for a lifetime!