You probably hear a lot about toothpaste, tooth brushes and the importance of oral hygiene. Watch television for an hour and you probably see ads for all kinds of oral healthcare products. This is a good reminder of the importance of proper hygiene, but one issue that can be easily overlooked is flossing. The entire team at Martin Dentistry in Stockton, CA encourages patients to be attentive to the need for daily oral hygiene, and has the following advice about when to floss.
When to Floss?
As your chosen dentist in Stockton, we often get questions about the best times and methods to use for flossing. This typically occurs when patients are having their general dentistry and/or preventative dentistry treatments. For example, during an exam and cleaning, we might suggest that you floss more if we see build up between the teeth or at the gum. You might ask us about the proper methods or times of day to floss, and we give everyone the same advice:
- The main thing is that you floss at least once each day
- If you can floss just before brushing it is best because it loosens up any debris and buildup and allows the toothpaste, tooth brushing and any mouthwashes to get better access to the surfaces of the teeth and gums
- Be sure you use good technique that includes wrapping floss around the curves of the teeth but avoids going deeply into the gum tissue
- If you can brush and floss after meals it is a great way to cut down on bacteria and the potential for problems, as well as freshening the breath
If you are concerned about flossing, don’t hesitate to speak with our team about it during your visit. We can review the best methods with you during your treatment and suggest any additional products you may want to consider. Special toothpastes, rinses and even devices like water picks can help to improve oral hygiene substantially.
Contact Our Dentist to Learn More About Dental Hygiene Practices
Did these details about brushing and flossing answer your questions or concerns? If not, feel free to give us a call at our Stockton, CA office at 209-951-4251. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.