People who don’t regularly floss their teeth sometimes say it’s difficult to fit flossing into their daily routine. At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we think finding a few minutes to floss is better than dealing with the tooth pain that is likely to come if you don’t.
Flossing should be part of a dental health routine that includes brushing. It doesn’t have to be a time-consuming hassle. Here are some suggestions for including it in your day.
- The most common time is right before bed, but make sure you aren’t too tired to do a good job.
- Right when you wake up is also an option, but if food is left between teeth all night, it can cause plaque.
- Try just after lunch, before you go back to work.
- Keep some floss in your gym bag so you can floss after you exercise.
- While you’re watching the nightly news.
It’s important that you like the dental floss you use. There are lots of options: floss comes in a variety of thicknesses and flavors. So shop around, and find the floss that is best for you.
Patients often wonder whether it’s best to floss before they brush, or after. It might seem logical to floss first, so any bits of gunk left over are brushed away. But it really doesn’t matter; just do a thorough job.
Flossing and brushing should go hand-in-hand. It only takes a few extra minutes, but those few extra minutes can make an enormous difference in the health of your teeth and gums.
We hope this inspires you to make flossing part of each day. At the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria, we say flossing is vital for anyone who wants to have a healthy smile and avoid tooth pain. We provide a range of services, from pediatric to cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening.
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