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According to the American Dental Association, cleaning your teeth daily helps prevent cavities and gum disease. Brushing thoroughly takes care of your pearly whites, but flossing cleans those spaces between teeth that a toothbrush can’t effectively reach.

The most important thing to remember about flossing is to find a method that works for you and then do it every day. The goal of cleaning is to remove the sticky biofilm known as plaque. This material has bacteria which feeds on the sugar and food particles in the mouth. This causes acids that erode the tooth enamel and lets cavities in. Dental plaque which is not removed daily puts you at greater risk for cavities and gum disease, or gingivitis.

To prevent this, many patients have been successful using water flossing. These are handheld devices that clean around your teeth and between them. It emits a stream of water in pulses that remove food particles.

Your best bet is to use a water flosser which contains the ADA Seal of Acceptance on it. This means it has been tested and proven both safe and effective. This method of flossing is ideal for those who have difficulty flossing conventionally. Also, for patients who are wearing braces, or have either permanent or fixed bridges, may find that water flossers make the job easier.

For good oral hygiene, you should strive to clean your mouth every day. Brush at least twice daily, and floss between teeth and around the gumline once a day.

Please call 734.668.6612 if you have questions or need to schedule a visit to our dentist, Dr. Kimberlee J. Karey. Our Kimberlee J. Karey, DDS team in Ann Arbor, Michigan is here to help your smile thrive!