Most of us have no problem brushing our teeth every day. You may even use mouthwash to get that extra fresh feeling. But if you’re skipping the floss, you’re doing your mouth – and your health – a disservice.
If you don’t remove that plaque in between your teeth where the brush can’t reach, your risk of gum disease increases. Not to mention, your mouth is harboring plaque and bacteria that you can’t see – which can lead to bad breath, cavities, and other dental problems. At MedCenter TMJ, we not only care about your jaw health, but about your overall dental health as well.
With all these benefits, why doesn’t everyone floss? Some people think flossing isn’t needed because food doesn’t get stuck between their teeth. Others may just be too busy or exhausted to take the time. In addition, people who have TMJ disorders or jaw pain may find it uncomfortable to do.
But anyone can make flossing an essential part of your daily routine – even those with jaw problems. You just need to learn how to make it work for you. Here’s how to make it part of your life, starting today.
Floss Any Time You Want
Flossing can be done anytime – before you brush, after you brush, or somewhere in between. The American Dental Association says the timing doesn’t matter – just do it when you can fit it in. You could carry it in your purse and do it after lunch, keep some at your desk, or even floss in your car before you drive home from work.
Choose a Floss You Like
Sure, you could buy the cheapest floss on the shelf, but if you don’t like it, you’ll be less likely to use it. Buy a flavor you enjoy, or if you need extra slip, spend a little more on a waxed kind that’s designed to fit between tight teeth. No shredding and sticking makes for a much more pleasant flossing experience. If your gums are sensitive, there are special flosses that can help with that too.
If you don’t like holding traditional floss, there are other effective ways to get between the teeth. Water flossers, pre-threaded flossers with handles, interdental brushes, and even wooden plaque removers are some of the options available today. If you have a TMJ disorder, you may find one of these choices provides much-needed relief for a sore jaw. Just make sure it carries the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
When you’re first trying to get into the habit, it’s best to keep doing it every day. Not only will this help you get used to the daily routine, but you’ll find that any bleeding or discomfort begins to subside quickly, once your gums get used to it. It takes some dedication at first, but you’ll soon start seeing the results. Imagine your next dental visit with less tartar scraping and healthier teeth – that’s motivation to keep at it!
The benefits of daily flossing are well-known. Just a couple of minutes a day can have big benefits for your dental health – and now is the time to start.
Don’t Ignore Jaw Pain
Is jaw pain or a TMJ issue interfering with your life? Our staff can help you find a solution. Contact us today to learn more about TMJ disorders or schedule an appointment.