Brushing your teeth is the first step of building great oral hygiene, but you can not stop there! Flossing is the best way to get rid of any food stuck in between your teeth, stop plaque from developing on the gum line and surface of teeth, and clean the places your average toothbrush can't.
Getting rid of the plaque generating in between your teeth is an essential part of avoiding cavities and gum disease. The bacteria which is generated from the food that gets stuck in between your teeth, eats through the enamel and causes cavities. In order to avoid getting food trapped in areas that are harder to reach, it is highly recommended to floss after every meal. This will increase your chances of not only avoiding build-up, but also avoiding cavities.
The issue that most people have when it comes to flossing is the fact that it hurts. It is very normal to have discomfort when flossing but it should not be painful. If you have pain or bleeding when flossing this means you are most likely due for a cleaning and should schedule an exam with a dentist as soon as possible. If you are having discomfort when flossing, you must push through it and as it becomes a habit you will get used to it.
If you have any questions regarding flossing or need a cleaning please do not hesitate to give us a call at our San Marcos Dental Office.