We all know how important it is to brush our teeth at least twice a day, as we need to remove plaque and food debris from our teeth and mouth. But not everyone is aware of how important flossing is for oral hygiene. If we neglect to floss and only rely on brushing to keep our teeth clean, we might be surprised to notice decay, gum disease, or other problems.
So, here's why flossing is an important part of preventive dentistry.
Yes, flossing is necessary for proper hygiene of your teeth and gums. Plaque is a film of bacteria that forms in our mouths every day, and it will cover every crevice, crack, gap, and side of the teeth. Brushing is crucial in keeping teeth clean, but not even the most modern brushes can get in every little space in between the teeth.
Flossing is more effective in removing bacteria and debris from in between your teeth, or in between your teeth and gums.
Flossing has multiple benefits for your oral health, including the following:
Whether you floss before or after brushing is up to you, it’s important to do both every day. But, if you want to be more methodical, you can start with flossing, in order to remove debris.
Even if you brush and floss every day, it’s still important to get regular check-ups at the dentist and get a professional cleaning at least once a year. The dentist’s equipment and expertise will ensure that your teeth are really clean and healthy, and any problem will be discovered early on.
Book an appointment with Dr. Burke and her team at Burke Dental Group to assess your oral health, get a deep cleanse or consider reconstructive dentistry, if needed. Contact us for more information or for scheduling your check-up.