Ask Dr. Archer: How Important is Flossing?

How important is flossing, really? I have metal retainers on the backs of my teeth from when I had braces, so flossing is a pain. I hate doing it. I brush my teeth religiously, twice a day, so does the fact I avoid flossing really matter? Sincerely,

Frustrated

make sure to get the back teeth when flossingFlossing is very important!

Flossing not only removes those little particles between the teeth that your toothbrush can't remove, but it keeps your breath fresh and odour free as well. Although you might not enjoy doing it, floss gets down into the spaces between your teeth where your toothbrush can't reach and removes plaque accumulations. If you don't floss, those accumulations stay in-between your teeth which can cause cavities and bad breath. Not flossing is not healthy for your teeth, gums or mouth, especially over long term spans.

How to floss correctly is important

It is important to floss once a day. It can take a bit of practice to learn how to do it correctly, but before you know it, you can floss your teeth in a minute. Invest that initial time to learn and have our dental hygienist, Kim or Dr. Archer teach you how to use floss correctly.

If you have a fixed retainer, you may want to try a product called superfloss. It is super-fast and user friendly. Again, we provide generous samples to our patients and encourage you to integrate these little tools and practices into your daily oral regime.

Another great prduct to try is Glide floss for teeth that are really tight together. It does just what is says -glide.

I hope after reading this that the next time you brush your teeth, you take a moment to floss as well and give it the time it deserves.

Happy flossing!

 

-Dr. Archer