It’s a simple piece of string, sometimes flavored, often waxed. Simply wrap approximately 18 inches around your finger, and you have a powerful tool that can help prevent cavities and give your overall health a big boost.
Dental floss dislodges food particles trapped between your teeth and under your gums where even the best of toothbrushes can’t reach. Left unchecked, bacterial buildup can lead to cavities, bad breath and gum disease. If that isn’t enough to get your attention, according to the ADA, gum disease is an inflammatory process that studies now suggest are linked to diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s just to name a few.
If you practiced “ideal dental hygiene” you would be flossing after every meal, which we all know is not usually possible for most people on the go. Most practitioners recommend at least flossing once per day, ideally 60 seconds before bedtime, after brushing for 2 minutes. That is a total of 3 minutes before bedtime to devote to your overall health and well-being.
At Ted Hume Dental, our professional dental hygienists strongly advocate for proper dental hygiene habits at home. It is equally important to maintain your regularly scheduled professional dental hygiene appointments set for you by your dental professionals. There are simply areas that can only be reached and cleaned properly by a dental professional. However, doing your part daily at home can assist with those ever so annoying cavity bugs that fester in your mouth daily!