The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing once daily. This daily oral hygiene routine is an important part of maintaining a healthy mouth in the long-term.
While your soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste with mild abrasives can do a significant amount of plaque and food particle removal, there might still be some hard places to reach. This could be the areas behind your back molars, the contours of a particular tooth, or along the gum line.
In a situation like this, a quality water-flossing device can help address these hard-to-clean places. It can be particularly helpful for thoroughly cleaning along the gum line if you’ve struggled with gingivitis in the past.
Just keep in mind that a water flosser is not a viable alternative to dental floss. Instead, you should try to think of it as an augment to help make sure your brushing and flossing have thoroughly cleaned your teeth and gums of bacterial detritus.
Once you are done brushing and flossing, you might want to also try rinsing your mouth vigorously with some antiseptic mouthwash.
If you live in the Palos Heights, Illinois, area and you have concerns about your oral hygiene routine, you can always call 708-388-2500 to set up a consultation appointment with our dentist, Dr. Nils Sandstrom.