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Not Flossing Each Day May Not Look Like It Causes Much Damage
Posted on 7/12/2021 by Langtree Dental Associates
Most people would agree that brushing their teeth is the best way to remove plaque from the surface of your teeth. However, flossing is just as important as brushing. While you can brush three of the five surfaces of your tooth, you cannot reach all the spots with only a toothbrush. You cannot brush between your teeth. It is important to floss every day to rid your mouth of food debris and keep your gums healthy.
Time to Floss Your Teeth
While not flossing each day may not look like it causes much damage, it actually does. Plaque and tartar build-up quickly in between your teeth. If you choose not to floss, the accumulation of tartar will lead to tooth decay and cavities. Over time, the rest of your body could be negatively affected by your poor oral hygiene decisions. It is much easier to add flossing to your daily routine than it is to fix costly dental problems down the road.
Your teeth are not the only thing that are affected if you do not floss. If you do not floss and neglect your gums, they will start to get inflamed and sore. This is called gingivitis. If gingivitis is left untreated, it will turn into periodontitis. This advanced form of gum disease can cause pain as bacteria eat away at your gums.
Schedule Your Routine Dental Exam Today
To see if you're flossing effectively, it is important to come to our office for a professional cleaning and dental exam. We will help you, through education and hands-on training, to brush and floss your teeth for optimal oral health. It is important that you know why you need to floss as well as the best method to do it at home. Give our friendly office staff a call to schedule your next appointment.