Why Should I Floss?

Hayward Dentist serving Castro Valley, San Leandro, CA and Surrounding Areas

With so many products claiming to clean in between teeth, you may wonder if flossing is really necessary. The short answer is yes. The long answer is without question, there is no substitute for flossing. Flossing remains the only way to fully remove plaque, bacteria, and food particles from in between teeth.

Specially designed toothbrushes can certainly help reduce plaque buildup. Antibacterial mouthwashes can kill germs and reduce gum disease risks. But these things should be seen as additions to, not replacements for flossing. There is no product, no matter how new or fancy, that can match the results offered by good old fashioned floss.

Hayward family dentist Dr. Gary Fong recommends flossing at least once a day as part of your dental hygiene routine. While twice a day is optimal, even once will significantly reduce risks for tooth decay and gum disease, and help keep breath fresh and clean.

Special flossing tools are available for children to help develop this good habit early in life. Dr. Fong and our hygienists would be happy to discuss proper technique with you and your family members during your routine cleanings and examinations.

To schedule an appointment with our experienced Hayward dentist, please contact Gary G. Fong, DDS today.