Oral health care is more than just visits to your dentist in Jonesboro, AR. True, your dentist is the conductor of your tooth orchestra, the professional who knows how to keep each part in tune. But you are the concert hall itself. If you don't do your part, then the orchestra will have nowhere to play. So your vital contribution is in the day-to-day care you practice at home.
Flossing Is Essential Oral Health Care
Your tooth care regimen revolves around two things: brushing and flossing. Both Dr. Brett Burris and Dr. Lauren Harmon suggest that you brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time using a soft-bristled toothbrush that you replace often.
Along with brushing, you should floss daily to rid yourself of debris between teeth. Your toothbrush can't reach between teeth! Eliminating these food particles averts tooth decay and helps your gum tissue avoid the same bacteria and infection. One job, two paychecks!
Flossing Is Centuries Old
Floss used in dental care has its origins in the 1800s. Historically, a New Orleans dentist advised his patients starting in 1815 to clean between their teeth with a silk thread, which was strong yet thin enough to fit between teeth. After widespread usage over the next 80 years, the Johnson & Johnson company patented and produced the first dental floss in 1898.
Two more breakthroughs made dental floss more effective. First, nylon floss replaced silk in the 1940s, and shortly after that, they introduced waxed floss. As a result, some dentists recommend waxed floss over most dental floss available today.
Additionally, you have many other flossing options if traditional floss doesn't work for you. Dental picks are one choice for hard-to-reach teeth though you should be extra careful to clean all surfaces when using this tool. Water flossers also are an excellent solution for those with tooth sensitivity.
Regardless of How, Just Do It
Whether you're in Gilkerson, Trumann, Greenfield, Cash, or Bono, the consensus among dentists is that regardless of how you floss, the most important thing is that you do it regularly. It doesn't matter what method you believe is best; the actual best way is the one you use rather than the one you should use but don't. Adjustments to your routine can more than compensate for the drawbacks of your flossing method. Ask Drs. Burris and Harmon to suggest a technique if you struggle with flossing – it's such a vital practice that they can tell if you avoid regular flossing.
Brushing and Flossing in Jonesboro, AR
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