Why do I need to Floss? - South Austin Dentist

Why do I need to Floss?

Are you still holding out on becoming a daily flosser?  Do dread the question that you know your hygienist is going to ask?  Have you though about lying just to see if you can sneak by and maybe they won’t notice:)?  That is the case for many.  Flossing is one of those habits that you truly do have to convince yourself that it’s worth it!

Why?  Flossing gets at the smallest, hardest-to-reach crevices in your mouth—the places where cavities are most likely to develop.  By cleaning the plaque out from in between all of your teeth you are helping prevent not only decay but gingivitis and gum disease as well.

When you think about it saves you a ton of money too.  If it’s the key to preventing gum disease, decay and tooth loss then just think of the money you will save by not having to treat these issues.   A inexpensive container of floss and 3-5 minutes per day could save you a bill for tens of thousands of dollars a few years down the road (and a lot of discomfort).

A few tips for making the most of your time in front of the mirror:

  • Do it whenever you can.  It doesn’t have to be the last thing you do before bed.  If  it’s between you flossing once a day at noon or not at all because you can’t get into the habit,  I promise you flossing at noon is going to do you more good .
  • Use whatever works best for you.  Your typical floss, a floss pick, or one of those Y-shaped holders is fine. There are a lot of ways to get into those hard-to-reach areas. Ask your dentist and hygienist if there’s a particular one that’s right for you.  Yes we prefer the good old wrap the floss around your fingers method because you can really wrap the floss in a “C” shape which helps to really hug the curves of your teeth.  But…if you are attempting to floss and remove bacteria we are Happy!  So do what works for you and then if we need to tweek it we can.
    Work the floss between your teeth gently in a back and forth motion. You don’t want to just jab it in there and risk damaging your gums. Then use the “c” shape in an up and down motion like your scooping debris out(because you are!).

    Don’t forget the very back of your last tooth! A lot of gunk can build up there, and a lot of people forget it since it’s in the back.

We get it—flossing is a chore. Just remember it’s one of the best things you will do for yourself each day!