How Flossing Every Day Can Benefit You

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Brushing twice a day is important for your oral health, but so is flossing! If you fail to floss, you may develop serious dental issues. Why should you floss every day? Here are three main benefits.

1. Flossing Protects You From gum disease

Flossing removes plaque between your teeth and along the gum line, which is important because plaque leads to gum disease. Gum disease is the inflammation and infection of the gums. In its early stage, gum disease is usually reversed with better oral hygiene. As it advances, your gums bleed, hurt, and pull away from your teeth. Gum disease is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss. To protect your smile against gum disease, you’ll want to floss!

2. Flossing prevents tooth decay

When you have a lot of uncleaned plaque and tartar on your teeth, your risk for cavities goes up. Cavities can cause significant pain and tooth loss if they’re not treated. Brushing removes a lot of plaque, but flossing cleans areas a toothbrush can’t reach. For the best protection against cavities, brush and floss every day.

3. Flossing prevents bad breath

Your breath can become unpleasant after eating certain foods – like garlic and onions – but bacteria produce a bad smell, too. The more plaque and tartar you have on your teeth, the worse your breath will be. Daily brushing and flossing remove more plaque than brushing on its own, leaving your breath fresher.

Maintain great oral health at Springs Village Dentistry in Holly Springs, NC

Flossing is an essential part of a good oral hygiene routine, so if you’ve been neglecting it, now is the time to start! You might experience some bleeding and tenderness if it’s been a while since you flossed, but that’s normal. Continue flossing every day and as your gum health improves, the bleeding should stop. We can give you tips on proper flossing techniques when you are in for your regular dental cleaning. If you have any questions about flossing or want to book an appointment with Dr. Molta or Dr. Moore, please contact us today!

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