We have all read the article claiming flossing is of no importance. This article claims that there were not studies to prove that flossing prevents oral disease. So why should you continue to clean in between your teeth?
Did you know that each tooth has 5 surface areas? The top of the tooth (called occlusal or incisal), two sides (referred to as mesial and distal), a front (buccal), and finally a back (lingual or palatal). Conventional tooth brushing methods are unable to adequately clean between your teeth and where the two teeth contact, is commonly where cavities develop! This means that if you are only brushing and “ditching the floss” or some means of cleaning in between your teeth and the contact, you are missing 2/5 of cleaning your teeth. That’s up to 40% of your tooth structure!
If you are like many Americans and flossing is not part of your daily habit, what are your alternatives? Dr. DeLapp and Dr. Parsons, your Highlands Ranch Dentists recommend the use of a Waterpik (aka Water flosser). Not only does a Waterpik clean areas in between your teeth, it also can clean up to 6 mm under your gums 360 degrees around each tooth. A Waterpik is not only an excellent way to clean to prevent cavities, but it also aids in fighting gingivitis and periodontal disease. Did you know that Waterpik recently received the ADA seal of approval! It certainly receives our seal of approval!
Other methods can be using Cocofloss. A flossing product made with Coconut oil and fruit hints that scrub your teeth for a clean feeling. Check out Cocofloss’ website here.
An interdental brush can aid in cleansing between your teeth as well. These are designed to help clean the gums as well. Interdental brushes can be useful in areas where you feel you have food traps. You can purchases these from any grocery or drug store as well as Amazon. Talk to our Highlands Ranch Dentist, Dr. DeLapp and Dr. Parsons if this is a good recommendation for you.
Through our family’s 35 year history of providing Highlands Ranch, Centennial, Lone Tree, Castle Pines, and Parker family dental care, we can assure you that flossing does matter and is an important part of your daily hygiene routine. Call our Highlands Ranch dental office today at 303-694-9740. We can’t wait to meet you!