Find out why flossing is a crucial part of your oral care routine.
Do you floss? If you said yes, do you floss every day? If flossing isn’t a normal part of your daily life, it might be time to reexamine your oral health routine and incorporate flossing into the mix. “Why?” you might be wondering. Our Salisbury, MD, dentist, Dr. Kathleen Geipe, is here to offer up some very important reasons why you might just want to pick up that floss each and every day.
Prevent Periodontal Disease
Gum disease is becoming more and more commonplace. It’s also one of the most common reasons for tooth loss in adults. Once you have gum disease you have it for life. This condition occurs when plaque builds up on teeth and around the gumline and then hardens into tartar. This can irritate the gums and lead to inflammation. If gum disease is ignored it can eventually lead to jawbone and tooth loss. By flossing once a day you can remove plaque from between teeth before it hardens into tartar.
Ward Off Cavities
No one wants to deal with cavities; however, brushing alone won’t be able to get into those crevices between teeth. Only floss will effectively be able to remove plaque from teeth in a way that brushing can’t. To prevent cavities from forming between teeth you need to be flossing at least once a day, preferably in the evening before bed.
Say Goodbye to Bad Breath
If food and plaque are allowed to hang out between your teeth and aren’t removed you can only imagine how unpleasant that can get. This is actually one of the main reasons people battle serious bad breath (also known as halitosis). If you want to fend off bad breath flossing is a great way to do it.
If you have questions about how to incorporate flossing into your routine or if you just need a little refresher course, our Dr. Geipe is here to help. Call our Salisbury, MD, dental office today to schedule your cleaning or to learn more.