The Most Effective Way to Clean Your Teeth

The Most Effective Way to Clean Your Teeth

We’ve all been there.

You arrive for your dentist appointment and get as comfortable as you can in the chair, fully prepared for a routine visit. Except you get thrown for a loop when the hygienist comes in and asks you if you’ve been flossing.

You rack your brain trying to think of the last time you flossed, and then you experience a myriad of emotions: irritation, guilt, and embarrassment.

But you don’t have to feel that way. Flossing properly takes skill, manual dexterity, determination, and dedication. These things can be difficult to achieve when it comes to flossing.

What is the importance of flossing?

If you’re going to floss, make sure you do it often. Most people only floss a few times a month, and even then it’s only in easy to reach places like the front teeth, leaving the back teeth neglected.

To maintain the health of your teeth, it’s important to understand the purpose of floss. Your toothbrush cleans about 60% of your tooth: the cheek side, the tongue/palate side, and the biting side. But those sides that touch the other teeth? Floss is the only way to sweep food and plaque from between your teeth.

Relying only on brushing your teeth means that you aren’t getting all of the bacteria from under your gums. Your toothbrush does a mediocre job of getting the plaque out from under your gums on the cheek and tongue/palate side, but it doesn’t get everything between the teeth.

What if I don’t want to floss?

If you don’t want to floss, you are in the majority, but it is strongly recommended that you get all of the food debris and plaque off of your teeth somehow. If you don’t do this, you are looking at a future of tooth decay and gum disease.

One way to maintain the health of your teeth is a Waterpik. Your dental hygienist will often use a “water machine” on your teeth. A Waterpik is a low-tech version of this and is an easier way to get under the gums and between the teeth to get rid of the bacteria and mould sitting there.

Yes, you read that right. There is mould living between your teeth that will continue to sit there unless you get it out.

Waterpiks are durable, inexpensive investments in your oral health and they can be shared with others in your family if you change the tips.

If you don’t know how to use one, you can buy one (your dental office might sell them) and bring the tip to your dental hygienist who can show you how to use it.

If you’d prefer to stick with the traditional floss but you’re unsure how to use it effectively, your dental hygienist is an excellent source of knowledge. They can show you the best way to floss.

What is the most effective way to clean my teeth?

Your dentist would love it if you brushed with a high-quality electric toothbrush like Sonicare, flossed, and used a Waterpik, but they know that you aren’t going to floss every day. With that being said, research has shown that using a Waterpik is just as effective, if not better, than flossing alone.

If you’re ready to take the leap to cleaning 100% of your teeth instead of just 60%, reach out to Dr. Andrea Stevens. The team would be happy to show you how to take care of your oral health.

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