Proper Oral Care: Importance of Flossing

Time and time again, patients are asked by their dentist how often they floss their teeth. It’s no different for Roseburg dentist, Dr. Rick Campbell. The reason for asking patients how often they floss should be clear: flossing is a crucial factor in promoting oral health. In short, there’s no denying the importance of flossing. Brushing your teeth alone simply cannot thoroughly clean every area of your mouth, as there are some areas a toothbrush just can’t reach. In turn, flossing is absolutely necessary to prevent cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Here at Campbell Family Dentistry, Dr. Campbell and his caring team strive to provide the best in dental care to our Roseburg, Sutherlin, and Winston patients. With this, we felt it necessary to fill our patients in on the importance of flossing. Take a moment to learn why you need to floss in addition to brushing twice a day.

Importance of Flossing: What Your Toothbrush Misses

While brushing your teeth twice a day is essential to everyday oral health, brushing alone won’t get the job done completely. You see, your toothbrush simply cannot reach the gaps in between your teeth, which leaves those areas susceptible to bacteria and plaque. This plaque, when left untouched by dental floss, can then affect the health of your gums.  

Because food debris can get easily lodged where your teeth and gums meet, the resulting plaque will eventually form tartar, which can only be removed by your Roseburg dentist. If it’s not addressed in a timely manner, the resulting tartar can cause gingivitis and, ultimately, gum disease. As you can see, the importance of flossing is clear.

Methods and Alternatives for Flossing

One main reason patients often skip flossing is the time and effort it takes. Also, plenty of patients tend to think brushing is enough. As we explained above, brushing alone is not enough. As far as the difficulty of flossing goes, you can actually use a number of tools to simplify the process. However, using simple dental floss is the most effective method. Regardless, take a look at some other ways to floss below, especially if you have braces:

  • Proxy Brushes: Perfect for those with braces, proxy brushes are designed to reach in between brackets and underneath wires.
  • Floss Picks: Similar to proxy brushes, floss picks are actually designed for teeth with or without braces, and they are perfect for bringing on the go.
  • Water Flossers: Quite effective, though not as much as dental floss, water flossers use a pressurized stream of water to flush out the debris from in between your teeth.

Start Flossing Today!

If you’re guilty of skipping flossing every now and then, now’s the perfect time to start flossing each and every day. It could also crucial, too. While there are alternatives to dental floss, we must say again that it’s the most effective means of removing what your toothbrush can’t. Of course, this is alongside regular dental cleanings from Dr. Campbell!

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Roseburg dentist, Dr. Campbell, you can contact our office here or call us at 541.672.4732.