To Floss or Not To Floss

preventive dental care longmeadow maRecent new reports have questioned whether there are oral health benefits from flossing. Studies have found weak beneficial evidence from flossing, however, this does not mean flossing isn’t effective.

Flossing is still an important oral hygiene routine. When you brush your teeth, you are really only cleaning the surfaces of your teeth. Flossing allows you to clean the sides of the teeth, where a toothbrush fails to clean. Even if there is no strong beneficial evidence from flossing, there is no downside.

According to the American Dental Association, interdental cleaners, such as floss, are an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque buildup.

Along with daily flossing, routine oral cleanings can help remove stubborn plaque. A professional cleaning can help prevent cavities, stop tooth loss, brighten your smile, and freshen your breath. Dr. Evans or Dr. Ziemba will also perform diagnostic x-rays, oral cancer screenings, a bite analysis and more. During your visit, our team will also teach you how to properly floss for optimal at-home care.

When it comes to children, starting a flossing routine young will turn into a long-term habit. Children should start flossing when tooth surfaces are next to each other, and may need help flossing until age 10.

Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles that have been left behind and where a toothbrush cannot easily clean. Flossing and routine dental cleanings will remove plaque that may cause tooth decay and gum disease. For your routine cleaning, contact our Longmeadow dental office to schedule your appointment with Dr. Evans or Dr. Ziemba today!


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