Do you floss every day? If you don’t, you are allowing bacteria to build up that can cause a number of different dental health issues to occur.
But what about brushing your teeth? Isn’t that enough? Brushing your teeth is critical for keeping your mouth healthy, but brushing does not remove all of the bacteria that can get in between your teeth and around your gums.
Bacteria that is left in between your teeth and around your gums increase your likelihood of developing tooth decay and cavities. Not only are cavities and decay a possibility, but gum disease is another dental health problem that can occur due to a lack of flossing. This is why flossing is so important for your oral health.
To protect your teeth and gums, brushing and flossing every day is necessary. Dental health problems do not just affect your mouth, but can also have an impact on your overall health.
Something we suggest to all of our patients is a Waterpik. They are great at removing plaque and getting around the braces efficiently. To use a Waterpik put warm water into the reservoir and aim the tip at your gumline starting in the back with your molars. Make sure you lean over the sink and close your lips slightly to prevent splashing. Then just follow your gumline front and back until you get around all of your teeth. This should take you around 1 minute to do! It's that easy!