Elmhurst Dentist Responds To Patients’ Questions About Flossing Routines

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Apr 27, 2014

Elmhurst Dentist Responds To Patients’ Questions About Flossing Routines

Ready to take your oral hygiene routine to the next level? There is one simple step that you can take every day to discourage dental decay, freshen breath, and maintain a bright smile—flossing. Many patients come to our Elmhurst dentist office with relevant questions about flossing. So today our dental team wants to share our answers to these questions with all of you.

Q: How often am I supposed to floss?
A: The American Dental Association recommends that every patient brush his or her teeth at least once a day; our dental team seconds this recommendation. If you are struggling with periodontal disease, your dentist may advise you to floss more than once a day—speak to your health care provider if you think this may be necessary for you.

Q: What is the best time to floss?

A: The best time to floss is when you clean your teeth before you go to bed. Floss your teeth before you brush your mouth; using this system allows you to dislodge dental debris by flossing, and then immediately clear the debris out of your mouth by brushing.

Q: What type of floss should I use?

A: Many patients have specific preferences when it comes to the flavor and the feel of the floss they use. You should choose the type of dental floss that works best for you, specifically. As long as the floss fits between your teeth, and allows you to clean between every one of your teeth, it will effectively clean your smile.

Our Elmhurst dentist office has all of the information that you need to keep your smile as clean as possible at home. Give our dental team a call if you want advice on at-home oral hygiene care, or if you want to schedule a consultation with our helpful dental team.