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Why It's Important to Floss

How often do you floss? I’m sure you get asked that question every time you see your hygienist. Though most Americans believe that brushing twice a day is enough, flossing is just as important. Flossing should be done every day. While brushing cleans visible and superficial surfaces of your teeth, it doesn’t quite clean what we call the interproximal surfaces of your teeth or in between the teeth. This is why your dentist and hygienist stress the need to floss. Refusing to floss can cause many complications.

Tooth Decay

The plaque (sticky film that coats the teeth and contains bacteria) that accumulates on your teeth can also accumulate between teeth. Therefore, you need to floss to remove the plaque between your teeth. Flossing is a must if you want to avoid cavities in between your teeth. Plaque is the number one cause for cavities.

Tartar Build-Up

Plaque that is not removed from between the teeth will harden and become tartar which can be a contributing factor to periodontal disease also known as gum disease. If gum disease is left untreated, erosion or breakdown of the bone and gum tissue will follow. Periodontal disease can cause bad breath, a recessed gum line, which leads to longer looking teeth, painful gums that bleed and abscessed gums. Gum disease just doesn’t sound like something anyone would choose to have so why not take five minutes out of your day to floss?!

Mouthwash vs. Flossing

At this point you may be thinking you can substitute mouthwash for flossing, but you just can’t. Mouthwash will definitely flush loose bacteria from your oral cavity, but should never replace flossing. Mouthwash does not remove debris and bacteria from the tight spaces in between your teeth. Flossing is a must to remove plaque and food from between your teeth.  

Above are the many reasons why your dentist and hygienist will always ask you the question, Do you floss? So how about we keep those pearly whites healthy and cavity free by adding flossing to your daily routine.  

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