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Why Flossing Is Important

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Flossing is one of the most important things you can do to better your oral health, yet so many people admit to skipping it on a daily basis. To learn why you don’t want to be in that club, read on…

Extra Clean

We all know that brushing our teeth is essential to good oral care, but did you know that it actually works better when you floss regularly as well? Brushing with toothpaste works to eradicate bacteria-laden plaque from the surface of the teeth, reducing the chance of cavities and gum disease. However, a toothbrush just isn’t fully able to reach in between the teeth and under the gums. Yet, the plaque does have access to those areas. That’s where floss comes in. Flossing your teeth gives you access to the cracks and crevices that a toothbrush can’t reach, giving you a total clean.

Healthy Gums

Plaque can accumulate underneath your gums, and dental floss is the key to stopping that from happening. If allowed to build up, that plaque will harden into tartar, and eventually cause gingivitis and periodontitis. Gum disease can lead to horrors like infection and tooth loss.

Avoid Bad Breath

Allowing bits of food and plaque bacteria to build up between the teeth and under the gums doesn’t just leave you at risk for decay and gum disease, it also contributes to halitosis, AKA bad breath. Cleaning out those hard to reach areas can go a long way toward freshening up your breath.

Preventative Care at Edgewater Dental Arts

Brushing and flossing your teeth are two key components of a healthy mouth and smile, but there’s a third step that’s not to be missed. Without your biannual visits to the dentist for a routine cleaning and exam, you’ll be compromising your oral health. If you don’t have your six-month visit to Edgewater Dental Arts scheduled, do it now! Give us a call or click the link below.

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.