Flossing for Better Oral Health

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There are so many types of floss methods on the market today that there is no good reason to skip this crucial step in any optimal oral hygiene routine. Flossing is a matter of finding a method that works best for you and then setting aside the time to do it. You can floss before or after you brush your teeth, before you retire to bed or after you wake up, timing doesn’t matter. What matters is that you actually do it because not flossing leads to bleeding gums.

Flossing rids your teeth of plaque-causing bacteria, something your toothbrush is not designed to do. Today your flossing options include:

1) Dental tape (wide floss)
2) Waxed floss
3) Unwaxed floss
4) Flossing sticks
5) Pointed rubber tips
6) Wooden or plastic picks
7) Water flossers (oral irrigators)

And to think that flossing all started in New Orleans when a dentist there started telling his patients to clean in between their teeth using a thin silk thread. As this trend became popular, a Massachusetts based company called Codman and Shurtleft Company began marketing unwaxed silk dental floss in 1882. Six years later, a New Jersey based company known as Johnson & Johnson took out a patent for dental floss in 1898, made from the same silk material doctors used for silk stitches.

Now we know that flossing is the #1 plaque-fighting weapon in the battle for optimal oral health, so says the Academy of General Dentistry, or AGD. And with the various flosses on supermarket shelves today, you can find one that you like and use it faithfully to achieve your best oral health ever! For more information, see Dr. Michael Scholes or give our Scholes Family Dental team a call at 208-667-1578.