Every dental authority from your hygienist to the American Dental Association stresses the importance of flossing as part of a proper regimen for good oral health. Some have gone so far as to say that nothing else can accomplish the effectiveness of flossing. Water irrigators and interdental brushes are both great additions to your arsenal of tools used to preserve your teeth and gums, but they should never be an alternative to flossing.
Plaque is the main cause of tooth decay and a major contributor to the development of gum disease. It is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth and if left to build up hardens into tartar which presents a real threat to our oral health. Only your dental hygienist has the tools to remove tartar. If you remove plaque before it can turn to tartar, however, there will be a lot less scraping going on at your next cleaning.
Not only can plaque cover the outer surface of our teeth and in between but it can also reach below the gum line. A toothbrush can remove a lot of it but only dental floss has the capacity to get into those harder to reach areas where plaque can hide out.
Professionals recommend that patients floss at least once a day but if you can manage to floss after every meal, all the better. Talk to your dental hygienist about easier ways to floss, make your appointment with Deidra Bird Kokel, DDS today, call 703-997-1313.