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Why Is Flossing Teeth So Important?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

We know that not many people really love to floss. Many tell themselves that flossing isn’t that important, or that flossing every now and again will suffice. But the American Dental Association recommends that you floss at least once a day to maintain good oral health.

Why is it important? Flossing removes food particles and plaque from the spaces between your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film that coats your teeth and feeds on sugars from the foods you eat, releasing acids. Those acids are what erodes tooth enamel and will eventually cause a cavity. Plaque that is not removed by flossing and brushing can also harden to form tartar (also called dental calculus). Tartar is much more difficult to remove than plaque you will likely have to see you dentist for a deep cleaning (scaling and root planning) to remove your tartar. In addition to causing cavities, plaque and tartar that builds up near the gum line can cause gum disease.

Flossing is a simple and quick thing to do to help keep your teeth safe and healthy. When flossing, gently work the floss in between each tooth. When you reach the gum line, curve the floss into the area between the tooth and the gum.

Flossing should not be painful. If you experience pain or bleeding that lasts longer than a few weeks, make an appointment with your dentist right away, as this could be a sign of gum disease.

Remember, the more you make flossing a part of your daily routine, the less of a chore it will seem. Soon you’ll be flossing and brushing regularly without even thinking about it!

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