Understanding dental floss
- Posted on: Aug 30 2021
Brushing and flossing the smile is the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums between routine dental visits. But how much do you really know about floss? How was it developed? What are the benefits? How often should you floss your teeth? These are all important and valid questions that the team at Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center wants to help answer!
What is floss?
Floss dates back to the 19th century when a dentist named Levi Spear Parmly described the use of a waxed, silken thread that is used between the teeth to remove food particles. This product is now called dental floss and is part of proper oral hygiene and wellness. It is utilized along with a toothbrush and toothpaste to reduce the risk of periodontal disease and cavities.
What types of floss are available?
Silk thread was the first type of dental floss used, but over time, floss has changed dramatically. There are different types of floss, but most are made with materials such as Gore-Tex or nylon. Others include waxed floss, unwaxed floss, dental tap, and PTFE floss. Some are flavored as well, which can be great for getting children to floss regularly. Choosing one that is best for you can be done with the help of the dental team at Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center.
What are the benefits of floss?
The American Dental Association recommends that patients floss at least once a day to maintain good oral hygiene. This is done in conjunction with a balanced, nutritional diet and brushing after every meal. Routine visits to the dentist can also help. Floss removes food particles from between teeth that cannot be effectively brushed away with a toothbrush.
Learn more about caring for your smile!
Webster, TX area patients who are interested in learning more about the ways in which they can keep their smiles healthy are encouraged to book an appointment with the dentists at Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center. Drs. Piyuse Das, An Pham, and Grisel Acevedo Rivera are available to help educate individuals in ways to improve their smile’s health, and can walk you through the process of flossing to ensure it is done correctly and patients obtain the benefits. The office is located at 202 West Medical Center Boulevard and can be reached by phone to book an appointment at (281) 557-8097.