August 21, 2019
Most of us simply don’t floss as much as we should. The American Dental Association recommends that everyone brush twice a day and clean between the teeth with floss once a day. However, sometimes flossing can get annoying, especially when the string gets stuck between your teeth. When that happens, it might be tempting to just give up on flossing. Don’t do that! Instead, read this guide from your dentist in Worthington on how to un-stick your floss.
Why Does Floss Get Stuck Between Your Teeth?
Floss can get stuck for one of many reasons, such as:
- Your teeth are too close together
- You have plaque built up in between your teeth that’s trapping the floss
- You have a restoration like a crown or filling that has started to break down and make the surfaces between your teeth uneven
- You’re aren’t flossing correctly
How Can You Prevent Floss from Getting Stuck?
The easiest way, besides visiting your dentist to figure out the problem, might be to simply switch out the type of floss you’re using. Unwaxed floss is more likely to get stuck. Waxed floss may be thicker, but the wax allows it to slide more smoothly in between teeth and get the job done.
Why Is Flossing Important?
Flossing doesn’t make your mouth feel as clean right away as brushing does, so many people believe it holds no benefits. In addition, a lot of people see it as annoying. However, just brushing is not enough to clear away the plaque that accumulates between your teeth. when plaque builds up, it hardens into a substance called tartar, which is almost impossible to remove without the help of a dental professional. Having lots of tartar can increase your risk of gum disease, which has been linked with multiple other health problems like diabetes and heart disease. As you can see, not flossing is a slippery slope that can lead to other issues.
Flossing may be a hassle, especially if it gets stuck in between your teeth. However, follow the advice stated above to prevent it from sticking in the first place.
About the Author
Dr. LJ Adam achieved his dental degree in 2004 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Since then, he has taken numerous continuing education courses to improve his craft to treat his patients in Worthington, PA. To reach him click here or call (724)-297-3446.
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