Find Your Flossing Game!

When was the last time you flossed? If it’s been awhile, you need to find your flossing game! Flossing is an important part of oral healthcare – as important as brushing! – and crucial to preventing gum disease. We know it can be difficult to fit flossing into your daily oral health routine. Don’t worry, the FDA team has you covered! Here are ways you can find your flossing game and clean those hard to reach places between your teeth!

Find the Right Time

What is the best time to floss? Anytime you will do it! If you find you’re tired at the end of the day and flossing is just too much to add to your nighttime routine, then try flossing in the morning! If your mornings are too hectic, try flossing after lunch! It doesn’t matter when you floss, it just matters that you make time for this healthy habit. Many of our hygienists love packing some Plackers in their purse so they can floss on the go!

Find the Right Floss

Some people find traditional flossing difficult. Whether it’s because you have mobility issues or because you have braces, that extra hurdle to flossing can make it feel impossible. Fortunately, there are alternatives you can explore!

  • Water Flossers: You may have experienced this product in our office. Water flossers provide a way to clean around and between your teeth with a pressurized steady stream of water. They can be particularly helpful for patients with braces, dental bridges, dental implants, or gum pocketing. Look for one with the American Dental Association Seal (ADA) of Acceptance and get flossing!
  • Interdental Brushes: These small, cone-shaped brushes are designed to be inserted gently between your teeth and can be rinsed and reused a few times. Combined with daily brushing, they can be as effective as flossing. Patients with braces, food traps, dental bridges, or mobility issues may find this is a good alternative.


Whichever option you choose, and whatever time of day works best for you, the most important thing to remember about flossing is to do it!  So, find a routine that works for you and stick with it…your teeth and your gums will thank you! If you have any questions about flossing or need to schedule your next appointment, please give us a call at 207.781.5900. We are here to support you and provide the best oral health care possible!

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