What We Found Out About Flossing

Be honest- do you floss every day? It can be kind of a pain to fit into your busy schedule, especially at the end of the day when you’re tired and just want to go to bed. Additionally, there has recently been buzz about flossing not being that important after all, which may give you a moment’s pause before reaching for that package of dental floss. Bad news for those of you who hate flossing, though- it really is an extremely important part of your dental health regimen, and one you should do on a daily basis to ward off gingivitis, periodontitis and tooth loss down the road. Here is what our dentist office found out about the oral health practice we love to hate.

When we eat, food particles get trapped in all the little nooks and crannies between our teeth and gums. Keeping it trapped there can lead to all kinds of unpleasant issues, including bad breath, cavities and gum disease. Using dental floss to get between your teeth and gums and get those particles out of your mouth is essential to your overall dental health, despite what you may have heard in the media recently. Though the research which initially suggested that flossing was inconsequential is not yet disproven, it is still a good idea to keep flossing under your family dentist’s recommendations until more substantial evidence presents itself.

Meanwhile, if you really hate flossing, there are alternatives which exist that can still give your mouth the benefit of an all-over clean without having to mess with all that floss. One solution, dental flosser picks, are little pieces of pre-strung floss pulled taut against a small, disposable plastic device. These flossers are a lot less hassle than the traditional dental floss method, and their small size effectively enables you to get into those hard-to-reach places. On a comfort level, it is still approximately the same amount of discomfort as regular flossing, but it can be a lot more convenient.

If you want to skip the floss altogether, you may want to look into a WaterPik or Air Flosser. These devices shoot tiny jet-streams of air or water between your teeth to blast out any particles that may be lurking in the dark corners. Though still not considered as effective as regular flossing, they are certainly better than brushing alone and in fact come highly recommended for people with braces or dental implants, bridgework, crowns or any other dental work that obscures or covers natural teeth.

Bottom line- you should still keep flossing, or find a suitable alternative such as a flosser, Air Flosser or WaterPik, until more evidence is available to either prove or disprove the recent claims about flossing being unnecessary. To help keep your teeth and gums healthy, don’t forget to schedule semiannual dental exams and cleanings in addition to your daily brushing and flossing regimen. The staff at Aesthetic Dental is here for any residents in or around the Santa Clarita area who are looking for a trustworthy and gentle dentist. Schedule your checkup with the pros at Aesthetic Dental today for a bright smile tomorrow!

The following two tabs change content below.


Latest posts by dentalAdmin (see all)


Read next:

What You Need to Change About the Way Your Brush Your Teeth
When it comes to tooth brushing, you probably feel like you know what you’re doing, right? After all,...

7 Things to Look For in Your Next Dentist
Well Located: Try and find a dental office that is large enough to fit twelve or more patients and is...

Tooth Under the Dental Bridge
Missing teeth can dramatically change the shape of your face and teeth alignment. They also badly influence...

Patient Reviews

“When you are looking for a dentist you are likely hoping to find one that is honest and makes you...
Read more

“I have known Dr. Pedram Soleimani for about a year already and I must tell that he is very attent...
Read more

“Great staff. From the Doctor on over to reception. My plans were complete with the fianicial arra...
Read more

“Dr. Soleimani and his staff are excellent. The staff is great, very polite, and...
Read more

“I had a great experience here... again! Really nice office and the dentist (Dr. Baltazar as the t...
Read more

Most popular
Aesthetic Dental & Specialty Center
24264 Main St Santa Clarita, CA 91321
Phone: (661) 290-2825

Mon-Fri: 8am-7pm

Emergency: 24 hours

URL of Map