Food left behind on teeth=> Bacteria=> Acid production=> Destruction of tooth structure=> Cavities=> More food stuck there.
This cycles continues continuously unless it's broken.
Get xrays done once a year to detect these cavities while they are still small. Once they start hurting, they have invaded the nerve and can only be resolved with a root canal and crown or worse need extraction and be replaced.
How often: At least once a day. Ideally twice-post lunch and dinner
When: BEFORE brushing!!!!! PLEASE NOTE!
The ideal sequence is rinse with water=>floss=>brush=>use mouthwash.
The mouthwash can be done only at night.
Ideally waxed floss. The brands I recommend are Oral B and Glide. Waxed floss slides in and out much easier.
How to floss:
Here is a really good video to discuss how to floss. The only thing I advise differently is to slide it OUT
The water flosser does not really get in between the teeth and is better for people whose gums have receded and have triangular space between their teeth. Best discussed with your dentist than here.
I did a root canal/ca on a 85 year old patient last week!
The last but probably the most ignored benefit of flossing is to prevent cavities under previous dental work like fillings and crowns.
Yes that can and will happen! Pls floss!
There is a mouthwash specific for people suffering from Periodontal aka gum disease called Chlorhexidene.
I have tried to make this thread as easy as possible for the layman to process. Hope this helps.
As always, wash your hands!