Flossing at least once daily helps keep your teeth and mouth clean and bacteria-free. Flossing is essential because your toothbrush can't reach between your teeth, where plaque can actually build up and cause tooth decay and cavities.
Flossing at night is ideal because it removes the day's plaque buildup from meals and leaves you with a fresh mouth while you sleep.
Flossers or strings of floss are both effective for removing plaque. If you choose to use a string of floss, secure it by gently wrapping it around one finger from each hand so you can hold it taut in between. Then in a c-shape motion, gently slide the floss around each tooth, using a clean piece each time.
Combine your daily flossing with brushing twice a day, and you'll have a consistent home care routine that protects your teeth from problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Bi-annual visits to your Oakbrook Terrace dentist will also protect your oral health. These visits are also an excellent opportunity to get tips on brushing and flossing techniques to ensure you're doing the best job you can brushing and flossing at home.
Is it time for your next dental visit? Contact your Chicago dentist at (630) 592-4929 to schedule your next appointment.