To many people proper oral hygiene requires daily brushing and routine visits to the dentist for check-ups and an overall oral health evaluation. While brushing your teeth, preferably after every meal, is ideal to ensure that excess bacteria within the mouth are not left behind to grow and multiply, one thing that many of us forget to do is floss. Flossing is able to reach places that a toothbrush simply cannot. Spaces between the teeth are rarely touched by toothbrushes. This means that any bacteria living in these gaps have a greater chance of growing and causing infection.

Flossing – Why Is It So Widely Forgotten?

For some patients, flossing can be too time consuming and for others it can be painful. If you’ve ever flossed before and made your gums bleed, the idea of ever flossing again has probably never reentered your mind. However, dental professionals and dental companies alike know that flossing is a must do in order to ensure that the teeth and gums remain healthy. Because of this Philips, the makers of Sonicare, have introduced a new product known as the Sonicare AirFloss. The AirFloss was designed to dislodge plaque and bacteria located between the teeth using rapid bursts of both water and air that can reach up to 45 mph.

According to the creators of the AirFloss, the product can remove 99% more interdental plaque and bacteria than a normal toothbrush can. With this in mind, it’s obvious that flossing, even though it is widely neglected, is something that we all need to do in order to keep our mouths healthy.

If you want to consult with a dentist that will work with you to ensure that your dental and oral health is at optimal levels, feel free to contact Dr. Siegel’s office. Dr. Siegel works with patients of all types, even patients who haven’t made a trip to the dentist in years. He will work with you to make sure your mouth and gums not only look great from the outside but are healthy inside as well.