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Do Your Teeth Really Need You to Floss Each Day?

Posted on 5/10/2017 by Jolie
A man flossing his teeth.
Are your teeth nearly as worried about daily flossing as your dentist makes them out to be? The truth is, your dentist isn't making anything up. Your teeth and your gums really want you to make sure that you are flossing each and every day.

Even forgetting now and again is going to start causing trouble. When it comes to flossing your teeth properly each day, it is important that you are doing it regularly, and doing it right.

The Importance of Flossing Each Day

When you floss, your goal is to remove the plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth. Only plaque at the earliest stages can still be scraped off by floss. Once it hardens, your dentist has to scrape it off. You want to slide the floss between your teeth, and literally scrape the buildup towards the surface you chew with.

Then, you want to go into that same gap, and scape the opposing tooth to get rid of that buildup there, too. When you don't do this, that tartar grows thicker, and becomes hard plaque. That plaque will decay your teeth and irritate your gums. This can quickly lead you to suffering from gum disease.

If you are not sure if you are flossing correctly, the best thing to do is ask your dentist. Anywhere that you aren't flossing well enough, they can point out. If you haven't been flossing every day, they will be able to tell and show you the early problems that they can see. Flossing every single day is imperative to optimal oral health.

The best thing you can do to take care of your teeth is to floss each day along with your brushing and rinsing routine, and make sure to contact our office every six months, like clockwork.

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