So you wake up the morning of your dentist appointment and realize you haven’t flossed in months. Perhaps the last time your mouth saw a piece of floss was at your last dental appointment. *Gasp*
You run to the bathroom, brush and then floss your teeth, brush and floss, brush and floss, and for extra measure, you swish some mouthwash around. Phew!
You wipe the sweat from your brow, savor your minty fresh breath and head to Dr. Dental, ready to show just how well you take care of your teeth. As you’re sitting in the dentist’s chair he asks how often you floss.
Hoping to avoid lying you confidently exclaim, “Why I flossed just this morning. I love to floss!” Dr. Dental nods his head and begins to clean.
As he works about removing the plaque and stains from your teeth you wonder if he bought your response.
We believe in telling our patients the truth, so here it is: he didn’t.
Dentists can tell how often and how well you floss based on the overall appearance and health of your mouth. While your dentist was trying to be nice, he knew you were lying. You see, flossing once every few months will not remove the plaque that builds up over time.
While a quick floss removes large food particles, daily flossing reduces the microscopic food and bacteria particles that build up over time and form around your teeth and below your gums.
Don’t let the fact that Dr. Dental is a CTD (certified tooth detective) stop you from visiting us! You’ve heard the saying, “practice makes perfect?” The same applies to flossing. The more you floss the better you get at it. And if you need some lessons in flossing, just ask us.
We’re happy to show you the right way to floss so you avoid the pain that doing it wrong can cause.