Flossing your teeth

Dr. Nima Mir recommends flossing at least once a day to help remove plaque from in between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing should be a part of your daily routine to ensure healthy teeth and gums. Brushing your teeth does not always remove plaque which can eventually harden and turn into tartar, so flossing your teeth regularly helps to prevent cavities and gum disease.

Keep in mind that flossing should not be painful, so if it is, you are probably flossing too hard. Flossing too hard can damage the gum tissue between your teeth. However, it is normal to feel some discomfort with flossing so not to worry! Don’t give up! The discomfort should ease after about a week or two of flossing.

There are numerous options for cleaning between teeth such as dental floss, a dental pick, a pre-threaded flosser, a water flosser, tiny brushes the reach between your teeth or a wooden plaque remover. In addition, there are also many different floss options including waxed, unwaxed, thick or comfort floss. You should always speak to your dentist and/or orthodontist about which types of oral health care products you should use that will be most effective for your teeth and gums. Look for products that contain the ‘ADA Seal of Acceptance’ so that you know they were evaluated for safety and effectiveness.

Floss on! 🙂