The best thing you can do for your oral health is to brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice per day and floss at least once each day.
If you are not flossing for any reason, you may be setting up yourself for future dental problems including cavities and other diseases. Brushing alone will not get rid of all the food particles between your teeth, and this can encourage the growth of bacteria.
The Importance of Flossing
Flossing is essential for healthy teeth. Even if you use an electric toothbrush, there will be particles of food that will be left behind after brushing. To keep your teeth cavity-free, the best thing you can do is floss. Flossing also stimulates the gum tissue, which is extremely important to keep your mouth healthy.
There will be times that you won’t have access to a toothbrush if you are out and about enjoying the town. However, there are ways you can get that little piece of meat that’s stuck between your teeth and please don’t use a toothpick!
Eating an Apple
An apple away keeps the dentist away, the saying goes, and it’s true. Fruits such as apples and vegetables like carrots serve as cleansers for your teeth. These are excellent and nutritious ways to get rid of food between your teeth and stimulate your gums in the process. Apples and carrots also increase saliva production, which also acts like a rinse.
Chewing Sugarless Gum
Another method of getting food out from between your teeth is chewing sugarless gum. In general, we don’t recommend chewing gum, but if you find the type that is made with Xylitol, you can chew on it after a meal. This will help dislodge any food left behind.
One of the best things you can do is carry a to-go container of floss with you in your purse or pocket so that you can use it even on-the-go.