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Most people remember to brush their teeth in the morning and again at night. Others bring a toothbrush and toothpaste to work so they can brush after lunch. Brushing your teeth is important. In fact, it is the foundation of your personal oral health regimen and you should be conscientious about brushing regularly.

However, flossing may fall by the wayside for many people. For small children, older people, or people have range-of-motion issues with their arms, or who have problems with tremors, traditional flossing may be difficult or even impossible. People who wear braces or fixed dental bridges may have trouble flossing as well.

Even though you may have difficulty flossing, it is still essential to clean in the places where your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing reaches between the teeth and below the gumline and removes the food particles and plaque that can cause cavities, bad breath and gum disease. If you can’t use regular dental floss, you should consider using a water flosser. Water flossers are hand-held devices that clean between your teeth with a stream of water. Water flossers can remove the food particles and the plaque that can damage your teeth and gums. For best results you should look for a water flosser that carries the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Keep in mind that brushing and flossing are extremely important, but they do not replace regular visits to your dentist’s office for a cleaning and exam. Your dentist can remove any plaque and tartar that your brush did not reach, and can check for cavities and gum disease.

If it is time for your cleaning and exam, or if you have questions or concerns about your dental health, our dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Lowe at Lifetime Dental Care in Hays, Kansas would love to see you. To make an appointment, call our office at 785-625-7969 today. We look forward to seeing you soon!