Do You Floss Too Much?

Do you floss too much? I don’t think that question has actually ever been asked!

Dentists talk about the importance of flossing. Floss removes the food particles and plaque that are trapped between the teeth and below the gums where your toothbrush can’t reach. If this gunk isn’t flossed away you end up with bad breath, cavities and gum disease.

That last item is very important. Gum disease is an inflammatory disorder that contributes to systemic health problems including diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimers and, some studies suggest, stomach cancer.

Flossing after every meal would be ideal, but not something that most people would even attempt. Flossing once each day is the best we can hope for.

Is morning flossing better than bedtime flossing? Nope, if you are going to floss once each day then do it at night. When you sleep your saliva flow is reduced, which means the bacteria in your mouth aren’t being washed away. It is far better to clean out as much bacteria before bedtime as possible.

The type of floss you choose doesn’t really matter. Waxed, unwaxed, mint or bacon flavored – the choice is up to you. Choose a floss that you are actually going to use every day! If the thought of fighting with a long strand of floss isn’t your thing, try floss picks.

For more information about the importance of flossing and to schedule your next visit please contact Clyde cosmetic dentist Dr. John Highsmith today at 828-627-9282.

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