When was the last time you flossed? For some patients, the answer may be hard to recall.
In fact, it’s safe to say that there are plenty of people who only floss when they happen to remember or when there’s an annoying piece of food stuck in their teeth. According to a survey from the American Dental Association, only 4 out of 10 Americans floss at least once a day and 20% never floss at all.
Despite what many people believe, flossing is essential to keeping your smile in tip-top shape. If you are only brushing each day, you’re still missing a portion of your teeth where plaque and food particles can easily hide away. The hard-to-reach areas in between your teeth are especially important to pay attention to because that is where a majority of cavities can occur.
Some of the top reasons to remember to floss each day include:
Using proper flossing techniques is just as important as the frequency of flossing. To maximize the time you spend flossing, use the following technique:
While following great oral hygiene practices like daily brushing and flossing will help to keep your smile healthy, you’ll still want the help of a dental professional. Regular visits to the dentist will help you address any of your oral health concerns before they develop into severe problems.
Whether you need a basic cleaning or restorative treatment with dental implants, Dr. James A. Vito and his team are dedicated to providing you a healthy, beautiful smile. To learn more about the dental services offered, contact our office to schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. James A. Vito.
Dr. James Vito
523 East Lancaster Ave
Monday: 8AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 8AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8AM – 5PM
Friday: 8AM – 5PM