We’ve already talked a little bit about the easy upkeep that goes into porcelain veneers. Part of keeping your veneers (and regular teeth) in pristine shape is brushing and flossing daily. Flossing is probably one of the most underrated dental health routines.
Oddly enough, people hate flossing. In fact, about 20% of Americans admit that they never floss. NPR chocks it up to there not being any instant gratification that goes along with flossing. Flossing is a lot of effort with no visible payoff – unless you, floss out a noticeable chunk of meat left over from wing Wednesday.
In fact, NPR found that most people hate flossing so much that about 27% lie to their dentist about doing it. Surprisingly, people are pretty passionate about their hatred for flossing. Polls found that people would rather clean their toilets or hear nails on a chalkboard than floss their teeth.
Maybe people would feel more adamant about flossing, if they knew how good it was for them. Flossing removes plaque beneath your gum line, which wards off gum disease and ultimately tooth loss.
Avoiding Gum Recession with Veneers
Flossing is one of the most important dental routines you should adopt to keep your veneers in good shape. The number one way to ruin a beautiful veneer treatment is gum recession from not flossing. Grinding your teeth can also lead to gum recession. The best way to safeguard against teeth grinding is by wearing a night guard.
Gum recession occurs from gum disease when the bacteria under your gum line literally eats away at the gum tissues that’s supporting your teeth. When you have veneers and your gums recede, it does more than harm your oral health. It also exposes the layer of tooth under your veneer, which can harm the aesthetically beautiful quality of your veneer.
Making Flossing Convenient
The main way to avoid gum recession is by brushing with a soft bristled brush and flossing properly. There are a few advancements in technology that can make flossing more convenient for you, so that you’re not having to put your fingers in your mouth to jam a piece of floss between the tightest crevices of your teeth.
For one, you can try using a floss pick, like the fluoride coated DenTek flossers. These are really convenient, and they’re clinically proven to remove floss.
Proxabrushes are another good way to remove plaque on the gum surface. Proxabrushes are proven to be as effective as dental floss, and they’re perfect to reach the areas around a veneer. You’ll want to be gentle flossing cleaning these areas, ensuring that you don’t further inflame your gums. Flossing too aggressively can lead to premature gum recession.
Switch to Waterpiks
Another game changer at removing plaque to keep your gums in tip-top shape are water flossers, like the Waterpik. Waterpiks are designed to clean the hard to reach areas around your veneer. These are extra effective, because they work above the veneer to get the areas where food and bacteria are prone to hang out.
Not to mention, studies show that Waterpiks are two times more effective than floss at improving your gum health. Similar to a pressure washer can remove dirt buildup from the side of a house, Waterpiks pulse water through a tube to wash away plaque buildup.
However, Waterpiks use gentle pressure, so they don’t inflame your gums. Not to mention, they massage and stimulate your gum tissue to improve circulation and gum health. Unlike traditional flossing, you’ll be able to feel an instantly gratifying payoff, because they leave your mouth feeling fresher instantly. They also have six different tips, so that you can decide if you want to use a high-powered or scrubbing device.
Flossing only takes a couple extra minutes out of your day and can make all the different in the longevity of your veneer treatment. Getting in the habit of flossing can be difficult, but you start doing it every day, you’ll learn to love it.