|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
July 2, 2017
Flossing at least once a day is an essential part of any successful oral hygiene regiment. While it is important to do daily, sometimes you might not be able to simply pull out 18 inches of floss to clean your teeth. You may be on a plane, on the run to the next meeting or simply in a place where you don’t have the privacy to use traditional floss. But you don’t have to worry about your teeth, because you can still keep up with your oral routine with the help interdental brushes, mini-toothbrushes and other discrete, quick and easy flossing alternatives.
Importance of Flossing Daily
Flossing is so important because it removes food particles and bacteria from between the teeth and areas that a toothbrush may not be able to get to. You should floss your teeth at least once a day to help maintain good oral health. Along with food particles, floss also helps to get rid of plaque from between the teeth. It doesn’t really matter if you floss before or after brushing, in the morning or at night, as long as you do it at least once a day.
The good thing about flossing is that you don’t have to always carry a box of floss around with you wherever you go. There are flossing alternatives out there that are just as effective. Interdental brushes are one of these alternatives. These brushes are tiny wires with brushes that push between the teeth. There are also flossing picks or sticks that can easily be carried in your bag so you can floss while on the go.
On the market there are also onetime use toothbrushes that come with a dab of toothpaste already infused on the bristles. This makes for convenient brushing while traveling or at places where regular oral care products are not available.
Not Able to Floss?
Sometimes you may be traveling where regular dental health care products are difficult to find and you may not have brought enough. In these cases flossing alternatives are better than not flossing at all. Chewing sugar-free gum encourages the production of saliva in the mouth, which helps to wash away harmful acids that mouth bacteria may produce. Chewing for 20 minutes after a meal can reduce the risk of tooth decay. If your chewing gums contain xylitol, it is a bonus because this is a natural sweetener that promotes salivary flow.
If you plan to travel for long periods of time in remote areas, visit your dentist before leaving. They can fix any problem before it gets out of hand and becomes and emergency on your trip. A good dental cleaning before you leave is also a good idea.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.