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What Exactly Does Flossing Accomplish?

Posted on 10/15/2019 by Cheryl
What Exactly Does Flossing Accomplish?Regular use of dental floss removes plaque, helping to prevent the buildup of plaque, which can lead to tartar which very quickly lands you with a cavity. Just spending a few minutes each day flossing your teeth can make them look brighter by removing plaque and excess food particles that you may not see in the mirror or in areas that your toothbrush doesn't reach.

Think of a kitchen floor before and after you mop it. You may not see the dust and dirt, but once you mop and it removes the dust and dirt, the tile looks brighter. The same principle applies to flossing. 

Choosing a Floss You Will Use

They make most of the floss on the market either of nylon or teflon, and they both are effective and work. People with large spaces between their teeth or with gum disease or gum regression will get better results with a flat, wide dental floss. If your teeth are tight together, try very thin floss that is made of gore-tex. Get shred resistant. Bridges and braces call for super floss. It has one stiff end to fish the floss through the teeth, followed by a spongy segment and regular floss for cleaning. The most important floss is the kind you'll use.

The Downfalls of Not Flossing

When you don't floss you put yourself at risk for two major dental issues in your mouth: Gingivitis, and cavities between your teeth. By not flossing you aren't able to remove plaque that has been building up. Bacteria can then irritate your gum tissues. This will cause it to become inflamed and bleed easily, breeding more bacteria and causing gingivitis to occur. By not flossing cavities become common. The same plaque that causes gingivitis causes enamel to wear away and cavities to start.

If you haven't been flossing, you'll need a dental visit for us to professionally remove the bacteria and seal your exposed teeth that have lost enamel. Call us today to schedule an appointment, we can get you ready to start flossing again. 
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