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The American Dental Association (and dentists everywhere) recommend cleaning your smile every day to keep cavities and gum disease from invading your smile. And while brushing effectively cleans tooth surfaces, it isn’t really well suited for cleaning those areas between the teeth and around the gumline.

This is where flossing enters the picture as it can reach those areas of the teeth. What is important about flossing is that you find what works best for your needs so that you do it every day. Unless you get rid of the sticky, bacteria-filled biofilm, or plaque, daily, the bacteria will feed on the sugar and food particles in your mouth after you eat. This is bad because plaque produces acids that attack tooth enamel and let cavities in. Unless you stop this, you are at greater risk for cavities as well as gingivitis (early gum disease).

If you, however, you avoid flossing because you don’t like using wax or floss, you might want to consider using a water flosser. These flossing devices are designed to remove debris between and around the teeth. By emitting a pulsing stream of water, they dislodge stuck food particles and oral debris.

These kinds of flossers are good for people who have a hard time flossing with other methods, or who wear braces or have fixed or permanent dental bridges.

When choosing a water flosser look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on it. This means that not only has it passed rigorous testing, but it has proven to be both safe and effective at what it claims to do.

Establish your daily oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing and keep your smile healthy! Please call 310-829-0808 if you have questions or need to schedule a visit with our dentist, Dr. Sanaz Khoubnazar. Our Smiles Santa Monica team in Santa Monica, California is here to help your smile thrive!