Flossing is the most effective way to remove plaque, bacteria, and food particles form in between teeth. Nothing, not specially designed toothbrushes, not antibacterial mouthwash, literally nothing can provide the same benefits as flossing – benefits that include fresher breath and a reduced risk for gum disease and tooth decay.
Despite the benefits offered by flossing, fewer than 50 percent of adults report flossing daily, and while reasons vary, simply forgetting to floss is at the top of the list. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to can remind yourself to floss every day.
Tarrytown dentist Dr. Wanda Mejia suggests:
- Setting reminders on your phone
- Placing notes around the house
- Leaving floss in a prominent location
If these efforts are not enough, consider downloaded a free reminder app such as Text2Floss for reminders at the same time every day. Choosing to floss at similar times daily is a wonderful way to develop this important oral health habit.
To complement your at-home routine, be sure to visit Dr. Mejia every six months for cleanings and examinations. These visits help protect against oral health problems and allow Dr. Mejia to provide swift treatment if they occur.
To schedule your next appointment with Dr. Mejia, please contact Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown today.