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If you clean your teeth and gums every day you are helping to keep cavities and gum disease from gaining a foothold in your smile, according to the American Dental Association. While brushing with a toothbrush is effective at getting rid of oral debris and bacterial residue, it can’t quite do the same for those areas between the teeth.

For this reason, there are flossing tools available that are perfectly suited for this purpose. And this matters because getting rid of the sticky, bacterial biofilm–or plaque–keeps it from releasing corrosive acid that harms tooth enamel. Plaque is the number one reason for cavities and gum gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease.

Your task is to find a flossing method you like and will use daily. Water flossers have proven helpful for those patients who don’t like working with wax or floss string, or who have a fixed dental bridge, and those who wear braces. Water flossers are handheld dental devices that produce a pulsing stream of water in between the teeth and around the gumline, dislodging food particles and oral debris.

Look for water flossers with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on them; this means they are proven to be safe and effective. Then, be sure to brush twice a day, floss once, and see your dentist every six months to maintain your healthy smile!

Please call 703-801-6166 if you have questions or want to schedule a visit with our dentist, Dr. Michael King. Our Team Dental at River Oaks and Burke team in Burke, Virginia is here to help your smile thrive!