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Why Is Flossing Important?

You hear it from us at each and every cleaning—make sure you’re flossing every single day! But you may be wondering, “Why is it so important that I make flossing an everyday habit?”

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Flossing 101

You brush your teeth at least twice a day, scrubbing away all of the bacteria and plaque that accumulates on the surface of your teeth. But the truth is, there are areas around your teeth that a toothbrush simply can’t reach, such as those tight spaces between your teeth and gums. Flossing is a vital part of your oral healthcare routine because it gets the rest of the surface area that your toothbrush can’t cover! It’s an important step in making your mouth feel fresh, and preventing decay and disease.

What Happens If I Don’t Floss?

Incorporating dental floss into your daily routine will protect you from a variety of issues ranging from headaches to halitosis to tooth decay. Skip floss, and you will give plaque a chance to harden into tartar, which forms around the gums and contributes to things like gum recession, bleeding gums, and periodontal disease. And you’re not just putting your gums at risk. Neglecting to floss can also lead to premature tooth discoloration, cavities, premature tooth loss, and more.

Floss Everyday to Keep Dental Issues Away

If you’re one of the many Americans that doesn’t reach for their dental floss every day, it’s time to start. Keep forgetting to floss? Put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or set your dental floss right next to your toothbrush and toothpaste so you’ll see it every time you go to brush your teeth. In a few weeks it will be second nature. Your smile will thank you!

Daily flossing is essential to a healthy mouth, but it doesn’t replace your biannual trips to the dentist. Contact our office to schedule your next cleaning today!

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