Flossing is a bit of a chore. It takes a little extra time, and if you haven’t flossed in a while, it can even be painful. We have heard all of the excuses at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry serving LaMesa, El Cajon and San Diego. It’s no wonder our team is constantly reminding our patients to ‘brush and floss!’
Flossing is important. You’ll never hear one of us say ‘don’t worry about the flossing.’ It just isn’t going to happen, and for two reasons. Here they are:
1. Bad Breath
Bad breath is something we all worry about. It’s part of our appearance, and we are all aware of how that can impact our relationships. If you meet someone with bad breath – then that’s all you remember about them. No one wants that to be their first impression on someone.
Flossing is a great way to help you avoid bad breath. Flossing helps prevent plaque buildup between your teeth. It also helps flush out pockets of bacteria. Together, plaque and bacteria can create bad breath.
If you don’t want to be caught with bad breath, floss every day.
When bacteria is allowed to concentrate on your teeth, tooth decay can occur. Plaque buildup is a concentration of bacteria. When plaque is allowed to remain between your teeth it gives bacteria a chance to destroy enamel and damage your teeth. Cavities are damage to your teeth caused by bacteria.
Flossing gets between your teeth where your brush can’t get and cleans away plaque buildup. It also loosens pockets of bacteria that can be removed with a quick rinse. Flossing will help you keep plaque and bacteria from developing between your teeth.
Our team recommends you floss your teeth every time you brush your teeth. At the very least, we encourage you to floss every day before you go to bed. Once a day is your minimum, and nighttime is a good time to floss.
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