To Floss or Not to Floss

Flossing can be easy to overlook BUT it is a key part of dental health! The American Dental Association recommends that you brush and floss twice a day. Flossing can make a big difference in your overall oral health. Flossing helps remove bacteria, plaque, and food from between your teeth. In turn, flossing helps reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. 

Benefits of Flossing: 

According to the College of Dentistry,

  • Flossing helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line where your toothbrush can’t quite reach
  • Better removal of bad breath-causing bacteria than brushing alone
  • Removal of plaque from below the gum line, which can erode tooth enamel and develop into tartar (can cause teeth discoloration)
  •  Reduce the risk of cavities
  •  Reduces the likelihood of soreness, puffiness, and unsightly redness of the gums
  •  Flossing helps prevent gingivitis, which can progress to periodontitis.

What Kinds of Floss are There?

  • Waxed and un-waxed thread
  • Super Floss
  • Floss Picks
  • Air flossers 
  • Water flosser

Dangers of Not Flossing 

Gum Disease

  • Gum disease begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and may end — if not properly treated — with tooth loss due to the destruction of the tissue around your teeth.

Halitosis (Bad Breath)

  • The main halitosis symptom is bad breath. In most cases, finding the cause of the bad breath is the first step toward treating this preventable condition.

Tooth Loss

  • Neglecting your flossing can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.

Remember to floss to keep your teeth healthy. Make an appointment today with Kaysville Family Dentistry. Click HEre to make an appointment.

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