Everything you need to know about flossing

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Flossing is important for several reasons, and if you want your gums and teeth to stay healthy and disease-free for years to come, then you might want to start flossing daily if you don’t already do so.

The Importance of Flossing

Every time you floss, you are removing bacteria and plaque from in between your teeth and gums.  Regularly removing these bacteria prevents cavities from forming and gum disease from taking root in your mouth.  It also keeps the surfaces of your teeth polished, helps you maintain good breath, and keeps your smile white and shiny.

Flossing Options

If you don’t like using traditional waxed or unwaxed dental floss on your teeth, then try using dental floss picks or an interdental cleaner, an electric flosser that makes flossing easy, convenient, and painless.  If you have braces, a floss threader will allow you to reach areas that may be difficult to get to with normal dental floss.

What Happens if You Don’t Floss?

Failure to floss enables plaque that develops between your teeth to harden into a substance called calculus, or tartar.  Dental calculus facilitates tooth decay, resulting in cavities, loss of tooth enamel, and bad breath in the short term and gingivitis, weakening of bones, and loss of teeth in the long term.  Brushing and flossing regularly can prevent plaque from hardening into calculus. 

Once plaque has hardened into calculus, it can only be removed professionally by a hygienist or dentist.  This creates both an inconvenience and an expense for the patient, both of which could have been easily avoided with regularly flossing and brushing. 

To prevent plaque from hardening into tartar and causing serious damage to your teeth and gums, visit a dentist every six months for a cleaning.  If you are in need of a cleaning, a dental implant, gum disease treatment, or any other type of dental attention, call Keystone Dentistry  today for a consultation!