Brushing your teeth for at least two minutes at least twice a day, especially after meals, is the way to go. But what about flossing? Do you sometimes forget to floss? Not a big deal, you may think. Think again!

Did you know that without interdental cleaning, most of the surfaces of the teeth are missing out on being properly cleaned? Flossing is an important part of dental hygiene that is often left out of the daily routine. According to some research, a whopping 20% of Americans never floss their teeth! That’s a lot of teeth that may encounter dental health complications.

Why? Your mouth always has some bacteria which, when mixed with proteins and food byproducts, causes a sticky bacterial film called plaque (we give that at least a 9/10 for the yuck factor). Daily flossing helps get to those spaces your toothbrush can’t reach. Dental floss also removes that plaque before it can turn into tartar. Tartar is a hard, calcified plaque deposit, and once it builds up, only your dentist can remove it. Both plaque and tartar contribute to tooth decay, as well as gum disease and recession, which can both lead to eventual tooth loss. Gum disease is no picnic, so don’t skip your daily flossing.

Straightening your teeth with SnapCorrect Truly Invisible Aligners can make flossing simpler, because it is easier to insert an interdental cleaner between teeth that are straight than teeth that come together at tricky angles. Not only that, but you can floss during your aligner treatment by removing your aligners. That’s not so easy with traditional metal braces!

This is just one way in which straightening your teeth can lessen the risk of cavities and gum disease, and straightening your teeth is easy with SnapCorrect!