Closeup of a woman flossing her teeth because it is important

Why Is Flossing So Important?

July 30, 2021 7:09 pm

At your routine dental cleanings and checkups, we ask how often you floss. You may be wondering why it’s such a big deal to floss if you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. In this blog post, learn why flossing is a critical part of a healthy dental routine.

Cleans Where Your Toothbrush & Toothpaste Can’t Reach

Proper brushing with a soft-bristled manual or electric toothbrush and toothpaste a great at removing food debris and bad bacteria from your teeth. However, your toothbrush can’t dislodge things that get stuck in those small spaces between your teeth and under your gumline. Flossing with string floss and/or a water flosser allows you to reach a greater surface area than brushing alone, thereby reducing your risk of developing cavities in those areas.

Prevents Gum Disease

Daily flossing prevents the buildup of plaque and food underneath your gums. Otherwise, these particles will irritate your gum tissue and result in bleeding, inflammation, tenderness, and infection.

Freshens Your Breath

When little bits of food are stuck in between your teeth and under your gums, it can cause a foul mouth odor. Gum disease caused by poor oral hygiene also causes bad breath due to infection and the accumulation of bacteria in gum pockets.

A Complete Oral Hygiene Routine

Flossing is something that you should be doing at least once a day alongside your regular toothbrushing. Neither one can replace the other; both are necessary for healthy teeth and gums!

If you need help deciding what kind of floss to use or you’re not sure what technique to use when flossing, our team can help at Toothfairy Adult and Kids Dentist. We want you to enjoy life behind your best and brightest smile! We offer affordable comprehensive dental services for patients of all ages. Contact us today to schedule appointments for your entire family!

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