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We all know we are supposed to brush our teeth two times a day. Many people even do so, for 2 minutes each session. We know that brushing removes plaque and bacteria from teeth, keeping our teeth healthy and strong. But when it comes time to floss, some of us struggle. Why? Lets review the hows and whys of flossing, as well as introduce some alternatives for those who struggle to floss on a daily basis.

If you want healthy teeth and gums, it’s vital to clean between your teeth. Unfortunately, toothbrushes have a hard time with interdental cleaning. Floss, however, can reach places your toothbrush can’t get to–like between teeth and behind back molars.

Interdental cleaning helps prevent plaque build-up between your teeth and along the gum line. If plaque builds up, it can lead to inflamed gums or even gum disease (also called gingivitis or periodontitis). Advanced gum disease can introduce major oral problems, such as tooth loss, continual halitosis, and loss of supporting jaw bone structure.

If you struggle with traditional flossing on a daily basis, there are alternatives for you. The solution could be as simple as using a pre-strung flosser, or dental floss specially designed for sensitive gums. There are even more alternatives, such as a specially designed dental pick (which is not the same as a standard wooden toothpick), or a water flosser. These alternative are great for those individuals with shaky hands, arthritis, a sensitive gag reflex, or other problems that makes it difficult to floss.

For more information, call Gentle Dental Arts in Orem, Utah, at 801-788-4922. Dr. Alexander Larsen and our team look forward to making your smile shine!