You don’t have to floss all your teeth… Just the ones you want to keep.
“Brushing your teeth is all you need to get the food out of your teeth. Who cares about flossing anyways?”
Your teeth do! Flossing reaches all those crevices and hard-to-reach areas in between your teeth where plaque and tartar can build up. More plaque buildup means more risk for decay, which can lead to things like cavities and even tooth loss. When you visit the dental office for your teeth cleaning, the hygienist usually takes a metal instrument and scrapes the excess tartar off your teeth along your gumline–the time spent doing this part of the cleaning can be greatly reduced if you make a habit of flossing at least once a day. Choose a time of day when you can focus on your smile for a few extra minutes. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes next time you see your dentist!
Dr. Carter’s hygienist Dana can give you a great recommendation on the type of floss that’s best for the condition of your mouth as well as what’s most comfortable for you to use. This is another small thing you can do at home that will have lasting results for the success of your mouth!