Gum Health: Things That Don’t Replace Flossing

You might find yourself somewhat ecstatic one day, standing in the bathroom, as you assume you’ve just stumbled upon a secret: You think you found a way to avoid flossing! Instead, you believe you’ve found the one replacement that can work wonders for your gum health! This sounds very exciting! However, our Auburn Hills, MI team has got to let you in on the truth: Unless it’s dental floss, the stuff you buy in a little container in the dental hygiene aisle, it’s not going to allow you to complete your smile care. (Hint: If you need help with flossing because you’re not having a good time with it, come in for some assistance!).

#1: Using Your Brush Instead Of Floss

When you’re not getting your teeth cleaned at our practice, you’re cleaning your smile daily with brushing and flossing at home! However, you might get it into your head that you can just use your toothbrush to do everything. This isn’t accurate. No matter how fancy you get with your toothbrush, your gum health still requires flossing. It was a nice idea though!

#2: Mouthwash For Gingivitis

Nope. It’s not going to replace dental floss. We know, the bottle says that it will help you prevent gingivitis. It might even tell you that it’s going to cure your gum health problem! While adding mouthwash into the mix is often an additional benefit, it’s not going to replace your flossing.

#3: Floss Picks

When you’re on the go, of course, our team is fine with you using floss picks in a pinch. What are these? They’re the handy toothpick and just-a-bit-of-floss hybrid that you can easily tote with you for those moments when you really need to get something out of your teeth! While they’re great for the occasional outing, they’re not something you should use to floss your teeth during dental hygiene on a daily basis. Why not? Well, remember that you want to use a fresh area of floss between every two teeth, which equals about 18 inches of floss (not one little inch). In addition, it’s easy to accidentally press too hard or to feel compelled to use the pointed end, which can cause injury. Our team suggests sticking to regular, old-fashioned dental floss.

Gain Flossing Tips From Our Team

When you need some help with your flossing or you just have some questions to ask, feel free to let us know during your checkup! To learn more, schedule an appointment or initial consultation by calling Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI today at (248) 852-1820.