“The average person uses 122 yards of dental floss per year.” Are you doing your part to support that statistic? If not you are not getting the full benefit of a healthy regimen for oral health maintenance. Studies have shown that if you’re not flossing you’re leaving behind a lot of harmful bacteria. You have to brush AND floss in order to remove the plaque that forms on your teeth during a typical day. How and when you floss will affect the results.

Brushing before you floss may seem like the way to go about it but turning things around actually works better. The string of floss will loosen any food particles from between your teeth so that the toothbrush can come along behind and wash them away. Once the plaque and debris is gone your fluoride toothpaste can get in there and do its job.

A toothbrush can’t reach in between your teeth as well as flossing can so at least two of the surfaces of your teeth will be overlooked if you don’t do both. Once a day will do it however. Flossing too often is hard on the soft gum tissue around your teeth. Take it slow and easy. Too much pressure can cause your gums to bleed.

The doctors and staff at the Harman Family Dental Center are centered on providing their patients of all ages with the information they need to begin a successful program of home care. Call for your appointment @ 303-625-7930.