Families across the United States are slowly but surely emptying pillow cases and plastic buckets filled with candy after Halloween. The question is, are they flossing more in light of their increased sugar intake?

Chances are, probably not. More than likely when you first learned about dental hygiene, you were told to eat a healthy diet, to make routine trips to the dentist, and to brush and floss after every meal.

Today’s quick-paced and jam-packed lifestyle rarely allows for time to brush and floss after every meal but at the same time it seems that a large majority of society only brushes. How often do you pick up a piece of floss and get rid of the food particles and bacteria between your teeth? Bets have it that you, along with plenty of others, rarely floss, if you even floss at all. So why has flossing taken the back seat, despite many of us being told that it’s a must do?

Why Don’t We Floss?

Some of the most common reasons that patients don’t floss is due to a lack of time to dedicate to floss between each tooth as well as the fact that gum pain may be experienced when a patient flosses improperly. While the answer isn’t the same for everyone, flossing often goes neglected because it can be very time consuming and for some the process is overly tedious and sometimes painful.

When flossing inappropriately you can cause the gums to bleed, which may make a patient turn up their nose to using a piece of string between their teeth ever again. However, what many people fail to realize is that taking care of your mouth is a step-by-step process. Brushing alone will not get rid of all of the plaque and other bacteria within your mouth. Philips, the makers of Sonicare, have created the Sonicare AirFloss which eliminates the need for floss. Instead, the product uses air and water to clean the teeth and process is much quicker and is pain-free.

Why Is Flossing So Important?

While you may not think that a piece of string, or the newest Sonicare AirFloss makes a huge difference in your oral health, flossing definitely has it’s importance. Though proper brushing using a quality toothpaste will help remove a good portion of the bacteria and plaque that houses on your teeth, a toothbrush cannot reach between your teeth. However, both traditional floss and the Sonicare AirFloss are designed to reach the small crevices between the teeth that are often left untouched by even an electric toothbrush.

If you do not floss often, now is a good time to start-up a new habit. Remember that part of maintaining a healthy smile and mouth is by planning routine visits to your dentist for check-ups and professional cleanings.

Don’t let plaque and bacteria between your teeth cause a decline in your dental health. Contact our Spokane dentists at (509) 532-1111 to schedule an appointment.