“Can you actually over floss?” is a common question among kids and adults. The short answer is: yes! The ADA, or American Dental Association, is the “leading advocate for oral health” in the United States. The long-running association represents the dental profession at large while making public and available general health and learning tools for consumers, teachers, and media-affiliated individuals.
While claiming no liabilities for advice given, the ADA hosts an official website providing a variety of resources and answers to common questions. In one of the ADA’s Dental Minutes, the topic “Can You Over-Brush and Over-Floss” was addressed by Doctor Maria Lopez Howell. She cited the flaw in thinking, when it comes to daily dental care, if a little is good maybe a lot is better. She immediately nips it in the bud by declaring you can brush and floss too much.
Under the category Oral Health Topics A-Z, the ADA website has a resource on “Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums (Oral Hygiene).” In attempts to answer frequently asked questions on the topic, the page begins by discussing what plaque is, how the enamel can weaken, and why tooth decay will result if the teeth are not properly cared for. The guide also discusses plaque’s irritation to gums, effectively setting the stage for giving some tips for daily oral care. Specific instructions are included for how to brush your teeth, how often to brush, and with what kind of brush.
Explicit ADA recommendations for flossing, or cleaning in between teeth, are also provided. You can read the step-by-step instructions and also watch a flossing animation to help visualize what is being set forth as proper cleaning techniques. The guide also points out that those who have difficulty in handling dental floss itself may prefer other options for interdental cleaning. When looking for interdental cleaners, or any other dental product for that matter, it’s important to look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, which signifies the product’s safety and acceptance in the mind of the nation’s most trusted dental association.
Besides simply brushing and flossing, the ADA resource also points out healthful eating and regular visits to the dentist will add to the health of your teeth and the attractiveness of your smile. Visit the ADA site and ask your dentist for help in your specific circumstances.
Disclaimer: I am not a dentist or any other kind of doctor: I do not claim to be one and I have no aspirations to become one. Enclosed information in no way can, or should, replace seeking attention from a medical professional and doing your own research from ADA approved sources.
“ADA Dental Minute: Can You Over-Brush and Over-Floss?” ADA.org.
“ADA.org: Oral Health Topics Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums (Oral Hygiene) Frequently Asked Questions.” ADA.org.
“ADA.org: Welcome American Dental Association Website.” ADA.org.